No medical event in recent history has made a bigger impact on global health and the economy, than Coronavirus, and the COVID-19 disease.
At the time of writing, most major economies have entered or are still in some form of lockdown, causing significant disruption to businesses and drastically changing the way we live our lives for the next few months.
Governments, Industry and Citizens are united in trying to slow the spread of COVID-19, to give health services time to prepare for the explosion in the demand for care. Sanitizing our homes, workplaces and public spaces is a key tactic in the fight against Coronavirus, to stop the spread of COVID-19. One method of sterilization is by using ozone. Ozone sterilization is commonly used in hospitals to sanitize equipment and significantly reduce or eliminate the spread of bacteria. Hence the question being asked is – “Can ozone sterilization kill the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease?”
OZONE STERILIZATION PROVEN TO KILL SARS-COV VIRUS
There are currently no examples in the public domain, of ozone sterilization being used to kill the current strain of Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (technical name of the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease). However, there are reasons to believe it would be effective:
- During the SARS epidemic of 2003, ozone sterilization was successfully used to purify environments infected with the deadly Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-1, the virus which causes the SARS disease.
- As SARS-Cov-1 is also a member of the Coronavirus family, it is highly likely that ozone sterilization would be effective at killing SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease.
We utilise a Ministry of Health Approved Sanitisation Protocol whereby at the end of every working day, every area of our Medical Facility has the deployment of correct strength ozone gas throughout to remove any and all unwanted pathogens and viruses. Ozone is a safe system which allows us to guarantee the safety and hygiene of both our staff and patients.
We do hope this allows you to feel much safer during your visits to our premises and the Team look forward to your continued Healing.
HOW DOES OZONE STERILIZATION KILL CORONAVIRUSES?
Coronaviruses are classified as “enveloped viruses”, which are typically more susceptible to “Physico-chemical challenges”. In other words, they don’t like being exposed to ozone.
Ozone destroys this type of virus by breaking through the outer shell into the core, resulting in damage to the viral RNA. Ozone can also damage the outer shell of the virus in a process called oxidation.
TESTS CONCLUDE OZONE CAN KILL CORONAVIRUS
Poseidonia Healthcare partner with a number of manufacturers who produce ozone sterilization equipment. ScentO3, one of these partners and the makers of the Ozone Generator System, have had this product tested, which confirmed its effectiveness at killing the coronavirus.
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Common aspects for installation and equipment.