“At the moment, everything that is disinfectant, I'm not afraid of anything”, confides Ouley, just after having crossed a strange metal gantry installed at the entrance of the vaccineodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (78) , where more than 3,000 people crowd every day for a first or second injection of the Covid-19 vaccine.
"It feels like a fogger"
This device is a “disinfection tunnel” by intelligent atomization, the first of its kind in Île-de-France.
"It's funny," Regis smiles, just after a long passage through the tube.
Inside, blue lights highlight a dense cloud of vapor.
“It feels like a fogger,” Bruno jokes.
The thick cloud that emerges from the gantry is in fact a hypochlorous solution, obtained after dissolving chlorine tablets in water.
Blue neon lights emit ultraviolet lights.
Another feature of the device: a permanent purr reminiscent of the rattle of a tattoo machine.
"It is above all the noise which is more annoying than anything else," Regis regrets.
Noises that come from ultrasound technology, also used in this tunnel.
Light, purring and cloud all play a full role in this portal: “Blue light and ultrasound attack the envelope of bacterial and viral strains. And the hypochlorous solution to the nucleus. That is to say, we have a triple action. And these three actions combined make it possible to pass quickly under the gantry, ”summarizes Eric Naszalyi, partner of the company First Distribution Soveclat (FDS) of Sartrouville, which distributes the product in Île-de-France. In fact, only five seconds inside the frame are enough to see viral and bacterial germs sprayed by the machine.
Efficiency that avoids a bottleneck at the height of the gantry.
After an hour of testing with future vaccinees from the Saint-Quentin velodrome, this optional disinfection break did not create any bottlenecks or reluctance.
The vast majority of visitors walked through the tunnel with curiosity.
"It's going very well, it's fluid, people generally respect the protocol", rejoices the sales manager.
Ultimately, these gantries could equip our communities and stores. A Corsican hypermarket has already installed a model and other supermarkets, like the Senate, could well follow suit.