In Figanières, the nursing home Le Pré de la Roque has been testing a disinfection cabin since Monday, November 16. Before entering, visitors and staff pass through the cabin which heats to 75 degrees. Their clothes, hair and personal effects are decontaminated from any virus.
One might think that this is the “learning machine” of the Under-Gifted. Or Doctor Who’s Tardis … It isn’t. This strange gray structure landed in front of the Le Pré de la Roque nursing home in Figanières (Var) on Monday November 16. It is a virus disinfection booth, intended for staff of the establishments and visitors.
This cabin contains three airlocks. The first and the last aim to keep the temperature of the middle one. The main airlock raises the temperature to 75 degrees for 30 seconds. The goal is to decontaminate clothing, hair and objects brought by visitors to the nursing home.
“It’s really added value for the structure, it’s reassuring,” says Marie-Jeanne Languillat, director of the establishment. She sees this cabin as a possibility to “give additional protection to residents and employees”.
The director specifies that there is no obligation to go through the cabin to enter the nursing home. The indoor sanitary protocol with gel and temperature measurement remains the same. However, “everyone is playing the game”, rejoices Marie-Jeanne Languillat.
We feel clean and disinfected. We are protected and we protect others.
This cabin was developed in South Korea. Korean laboratories ensure that 99.999% of viruses are eliminated when people walk through the cabin. Tests are currently underway in a laboratory in Corrèze to obtain the same results in France. “A person who has the coronavirus is not going to be treated so far, it is not a medical product”, specifies Patrice Casse, distributor for the company La Hanse.
At the nursing home, the cabin is in the test phase. Its effectiveness on viruses has already been proven by Korean laboratories so this phase of experimentation with use aims rather to make an observation on how people perceive the cabin. “Do people go there willingly, does it bothers them or disturbs them?”, Explains Patrice Casse. Once this phase is over, perhaps the 30-second sauna will be distributed more over the territory.