Using Ozone in the Fight against COVID-19
Benefits in the Fight Against COVID-19
Ozone therapy is not a new concept. In fact, its been around for around 150 years. Its effects are proven, and well-documented. It has been used to disinfect drinking water since before the turn of the last century. The current application in light of the COVID-19 pandemic is to sterilize large areas in an effective and timely manner. And it works very well.
As noted, ozone generators have been used for for well over a century. They kill mold, bacteria, mildew, and do a great job when it comes to removing unpleasant smells and odors.
This form of sterilization is commonly used in hospitals to sanitize equipment because it significantly reduces and in many cases eliminates the spread of bacteria. The CDC considers it a safe form of disinfection and sterilization in healthcare facilities.
It's also used to remove odors in hotels and private homes as well as cars and recreational vehicles.
What is Ozone?
It's an unstable oxygen molecule that reacts anything it bumps into. Ozone molecules are highly reactive and they will oxidize almost anything (including viruses, bacteria, organic and inorganic compounds) in contacts, making ozone an enormously powerful disinfectant and oxidizer.
Ozone Eliminates Airborne Micro-organisms
Microorganisms are a variety of pathogens which cause infectious disease. A pathogen is a biological agent that causes disease or illness with the transmission of microorganisms. The common pathogens are viruses, bacteria, fungi, and, protozoa.
Airborne micro-organisms are a major cause of respiratory disease in humans, causing allergies, asthma, and pathogenic infections of the respiratory tract. Airborne fungal spores are also important agents of plant disease, and the means for dissemination of many common saprotrophic (saprophytic) fungi.
Ozone generators can effectively kill airborne bacteria, parasites, fungi, and other microbes.
Can Ozone Generators Kill the COVID-19 Coronavirus?
Since the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is so new, its not possible to make scientific claims that they do. It is simply too early and no peer reviewed studies have yet been conducted to support or confirm this.
Ozone gas has been proven to kill the SARS coronavirus and since the structure of the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus is almost identical to that of the SARS coronavirus, it is relatively safe to say that it will also work on the new coronavirus.
During the SARS epidemic of 2003, ozone sterilization was successfully used to purify environments infected wth the deadly Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-1, the virus which causes the SARS disease.
What we do know, is that it destroys other viruses by diffusing the gas through the protein coat of the cell into the nucleic acid core and damaging the RNA of the virus. While healthy cells have complex enzymes systems for protection, viruses have no such protections against oxidative stress which makes them vulnerable to ozone. Coronaviruses, like COVID-19 don’t like being exposed to ozone.
We can also look to similar case studies and see that there have been near 20 scientific studies showing it is also able to destroy the SARS coronavirus which is almost identical in structure to the new COVID 19 coronavirus.
An ozone generator is a valuable piece of equipment in the fight against COVID-19. Whether in a hospital setting or at home its use in fighting the virus shows great promise. Its is one more tool to use in the fight, along with social distancing, the use of masks and frequent hand-washing or application of sanitizer.
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