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
At the time of writing, most major economies are entering into 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?”
blog post looks at the evidence and highlights the benefits of
sterilizing environments with ozone, as well as it’s associated risks.
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:
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.
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.
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. Put simply, exposing Coronaviruses to sufficient ozone dose (ppm x time) can result in them being 99% damaged or destroyed.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF OZONE STERILIZATION?
even small amounts of ozone can be harmful. Symptoms include coughing,
shortness of breath, and aggravation of lung diseases like asthma. At
higher concentrations you can smell ozone, but it becomes harmful even
at lower doses. For that reason, many countries have set
an 8-hour exposure limit of 70 ppb (parts per billion) ozone. In the
EU the limit is set even lower. Ozone is one of six common pollutants
limited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other country’s Environmental regulators. Exposure to ozone in the workplace is controlled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and their counterparts around the world.
REDUCE THE RISK OF OZONE EXPOSURE BY MONITORING
ozone can sterilize coronavirus infected environments, residual ozone
could also cause respiratory issues for people who breathe it
in. To stop this from happening it is important to measure
and control indoor and outdoor levels of ozone after sterilization has