A paper was recently published by the Journal of Infection Diseases and Epidemiology that is promoting the use of ozone as a treatment for the Corona virus. Worth a read for sure.
Many viruses require reduced sulfhydryl groups for cell fu-sion and entry. Corona viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of the condition now named coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19), are rich in cysteine, which residues must be intact for viral activity. Sulfhydryl groups are vulner-able to oxidation. Ozone therapy, a very inexpensive and safe modality may safely exploit this critical vulnerability in many viruses, inclusive of SARS-CoV-2
There has been a great deal of recent interest in the use of ozone to eliminate pathogens, and specifically viruses. Here is some brief info on the use of ozone to eliminate pathogens.
Ozone can be used to eliminate pathogens including viruses and bacteria. In fact, there are no known viruses or bacteria that are immune to the oxidation of ozone. The best method to harness the power of ozone is to dissolve ozone in water and use aqueous ozone. However, ozone in the gas form can also be used to eliminate pathogens.
Aqueous ozone activity against viruses
Several published studies have shown aqueous ozone to reduce infectivity of common viruses by more than 99.999% [Reference below]. Aqueous ozone inactivates microbes, including both viruses and bacteria, by oxidation of the cell surface and internal structures. This disrupts the microbe’s structure and pathogenicity. Enveloped viruses such as Coronaviruses are particularly susceptible.
Reference: Khadre, M.A.; Yousef, A.E; Kim, J-G. “Microbiological Aspects of Ozone Applications in Food: A Review.” Journal of Food Science Volume 66 Issue 9 (p.1242-1252). 2001.
Ozone Effect on Pathogens
As a biocide, ozone works similarly to chlorine (another oxidant) and is used in a similar manner. Ozone disinfects by directly oxidizing and destroying the microorganism’s cell wall, causing cellular components to leak outside the cell. This causes protoplasmic destruction of the cell, damaging constituents of the nucleic acids, and breaks the carbon–nitrogen bonds, which leads to depolymerization. During the process, ozone splits into oxygen and an ozone atom, which is lost during the reaction with the microorganism’s cell fluids, O3 -> O2 + (O).
Abdulhamid Bin Hammad Aba Al-Arri, general director of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, speaks at the forum. — Courtesy photo
JEDDAH— Experts have suggested use of ozone techniques in Saudi Arabia will stop the advance of a number of fungi and bacteria that cause infectious diseases, including coronavirus, which has recently spread in the Kingdom.
With more than 150 experts and specialists representing 20 government agencies and private companies participating, the first forum on specialized technique of ozone and its applications in Saudi Arabia titled “Ozone: Proven solution to emerging challenges,” concluded here on Thursday.
Sami Suleiman Al-Akouz, CEO of the Saudi Ozone Company, revealed that the forum aimed to explore the importance of ozone techniques and its applications. “We are hoping to use it in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide a better quality of life to our people,” he said.
The one-day forum witnessed workshops on the developments in the ozone around the world, and presentations of projects and sophisticated devices of modern global companies specialized in the applications of ozone.
In his inauguration speech, Abdulhamid Bin Hammad Aba Al-Arri, general director of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, said: “Coronavirus has caused concern at all levels of society and most of the government bodies have stood up together to find a way to fight this virus and to eliminate its spread.”
On the other hand, Prof. Saeed Jassim, member of the International Federation of Substances and adviser to the Organization of American Environment, noted that the ability of new technology (ozone) could stop the advance of a number of fungi and bacteria that cause infectious diseases.
He pointed out that the reason for the spread of viruses in the Kingdom is due to the large number of people coming for Haj and Umrah.
Jassim and other members of the International Ozone Association supported the idea of establishing a regional ozone association based in Saudi Arabia to be a scientific reference and research attraction for ozone application in the region which can provide the desired kind of support for interested experts.
In conclusion, participants at the forum agreed that recent studies have demonstrated the success of ozone in reducing chemicals used in water purification