Light-based technologies for management of COVID-19 pandemic crisis

Caetano P. Sabino, Anthony R. Ball, Mauricio S. Baptista, Tianhong Dai, Michael R. Hamblin, Martha S. Ribeiro, Ana L. Santos, Fábio P. Sellera, George P. Tegos, Mark Wainwright

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The global dissemination of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has accelerated the need for the implementation of effective antimicrobial strategies to target the causative agent SARS-CoV-2. Light-based technologies have a demonstrable broad range of activity over standard chemotherapeutic antimicrobials and conventional disinfectants, negligible emergence of resistance, and the capability to modulate the host immune response. This perspective article identifies the benefits, challenges, and pitfalls of repurposing light-based strategies to combat the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111999
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • germicidal
  • photobiology
  • photobiomodulation
  • photodynamic
  • photoinactivation
  • ultraviolet
  • virucidal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging


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