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A killer robot coronavirus excites the film sets of Hollywood

It would be green with envy Terminator. A robot capable of killing the virus, the most resilient with just a few strokes of UV rays could soon be recruited by Hollywood. Affectionately named Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot, this little android would be in the viewfinder of the CBS channel which produces the series Blue Bloods, as referred to in several sources from the american magazine The Hollywood Reporter .

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This robot disinfectant looks like a Dalek, alien killer series Doctor Who, and manages to annihilate up to 99.99% of the coronavirus present on a surface, according to tests carried out at the biomedical research Institute of Texas. Already used to sterilize more than 500 health facilities and hospitals around the world, Xenex could also make its entry on the sets, before the resumption of their activity. A boon for the hollywood industry, who is seeking to climb back up the slope after having been shutdown for several months.

With its UV-C, Xenex is able to clean up about a dozen pieces per day. Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFPÀ also read : Hollywood, the dream factory jack in the nightmare of the coronavirus

according To The Hollywood Reporter, the company Xenex Disinfection Service, which manufactures the robot, has already offered its services to Netflix, Amazon and Sony. "We still use mostly buckets, brooms and wipes, and what we need is a new tool that would reduce the risk of infection within our environment," explains Mark Stibich, co-founder of the company of texas. The Covid-19 can survive up to three days on stainless steel or of plastic, say scientists at the us National Institutes of Health, dependent of the u.s. government.

Five minutes to disinfect

sources indicate that the Blue Bloods, the production of CBS, would have expressed an interest in the little robot exterminator, in order to preserve the health of its players and its teams. The coronavirus represents an important issue for the industry of the small and big screen, while many of the shootings have been halted by the spread of the pandemic. Today, the studios are trying to find alternative solutions for them to resume their activity, while ensuring that their employees work in good sanitary conditions. Disinfection massive sets, social distancing and wearing a mask could now be a part of the daily life of the crew.

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Thanks to its UV-C, Xenex is able to clean up about a dozen pieces per day. Five minutes, during which the ultraviolet rays traverse the surfaces to destroy any presence of the coronavirus. Usually used in hospitals to kill pathogens, however, they are extremely dangerous to humans and can cause damage to the eyes, " said Xenex Disinfection Services. This is why it is highly recommended to empty the room of any human presence prior to its disinfection.

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Recently, researchers from the University of California have shown that ultraviolet light could represent a promising technology for the disinfection of surfaces contaminated by the Covid-19. It is, however, expensive, due to high costs of production. To offer you the talents of Xenex, he'll have to pay the sum of 125,000 dollars, or nearly 115,000 euros, or invest in a monthly rental. A trifle, in comparison of the $ 17 billion of financial losses that could collect Hollywood because of the sars coronavirus.

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