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Health Canada warns against UV products that falsely claim to kill COVID-19 virus

Health Canada is warning the public about the harms of using ultraviolet lights and wands that falsely claim to kill the COVID-19 virus.

To lower chance of spreading virus in your home, frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces

A staff member uses a UV sterilizer wand as part of a media demonstration at a massage parlour in Hong Kong in August. Health Canada warns of UV lights and wands that make unproven claims to disinfect against the virus that causes COVID-19. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

Health Canada is warning the public about the harms of using ultraviolet lights and wands that falsely claim to kill the COVID-19 virus.

The agency is asking the public to report the sale or advertisement of UV products that make unproven claims to disinfect household items against the virus.

Health Canada says it's received no evidence to suggest that UV lights can protect against COVID-19, but says the risks of these products are well established.

Authorities say UV products have been linked to an "extremely dangerous" form of radiation that can kill germs on some surfaces, but can cause damage if used on skin.

They're urging consumers who have used these products to stop immediately, and consult a health-care professional if they have any concerns.

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Health Canada says the best way to prevent COVID-19 from spreading within the home is to clean high-touch surfaces with disinfectants that have been shown to be effective in eliminating the virus.

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