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Reassessing Impacts of Extended Daily Exposure to Low Level Solar UV Radiation

McKenzie, Richard; Lucas, Robyn

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Currently, health agencies recommend that no sun-protection is required when the UV Index (UVI) is less than 3. We use high-quality data from spectroradiometers and model calculations to demonstrate that this simplification is seriously flawed, particularly for mid-latitude conditions. For days when the peak UVI is below the threshold for advising protection, the daily dose of sun-burning UV available frequently far exceeds the threshold for damage to fair skin. This may have important health...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-09-14
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/164628
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-32056-3

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