Protecting Customers and Staff from Coronavirus
As the coronavirus continues to evolve and become more virulent, there are many unanswered questions as there have been no proper clinical or scientific studies that have been conducted on it.
At Mountbatten Car Sales we continually strive to achieve the highest levels of car preparation for customers. About a year ago, we decided to buy an ozone generator that we could place in cars at the end of our vehicle preparation process. The original reason was that ozone is very effective at killing bacteria, and it is bacteria that causes unwanted odours. The cars of former dog owners or cigarette smokers were almost impossible.
Now that coronavirus is invading our lives at an unprecedented pace, we have done our research about how to use our ozone process to protect our customers and staff from coming into contact with the virus.
There are questions about how long a virus such as the coronavirus, can survive outside a host, for example, on surfaces.
The influenza virus can survive from 5 hours up to 7 days on an outside surface depending on the environment, temperature and humidity whereas noroviruses that typically attack the gastrointestinal tract, can survive up to four weeks on surfaces even in hot and dry conditions and can withstand most disinfectants.
Typically most respiratory viruses such as the coronavirus favour a cooler temperature.
There have been no studies done so far on the new coronavirus or even on the SARS virus, its ‘close cousin’ with regards to how long it can survive outside on surfaces.
According to results of the experiment on how ozone kills SARS virus, ozone is effective in killing the SARS virus realizing a killing rate of 99.22%. The virus found in Wuhan and SARS virus both belong to the coronavirus. Researchers found that the novel coronavirus is 80% similar to the SARS virus in their genome sequences. It is reasonable to predict that ozone is equally effective in preventing and controlling the new coronavirus.
It is wrong to assume that the coronavirus can only remain active for a few hours on surface as suggested by one health organization via its online site, that is claiming it’s the leading source of information on the coronavirus when there is no scientific proof of that.
Viruses typically are not really living organisms per se. They are complex bio-molecules that need a living cell to be active.
In order to be safe, as we still do not really know how long these coronavirus can survive on surfaces, its best to disinfect areas that have lots of contact with people whether or not they are showing signs of having been infected or not.
One good way to do that is by deploying ozone gas.
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 though it must be noted that there is no studies to date except one that is current ongoing n China at the Institute of Virology In Hubei with regards to this. Progress of that study has shown that it works and the study should be concluded by the end of this week and officially published in the journal Virology.
There are more than 17 scientific studies that show Ozone gas is able to destroy the SARS coronavirus.
Ozone is a naturally occurring gas created from oxygen atoms. The oxygen molecule is made up of 2 oxygen atoms. These oxygen molecules are broken into atoms by the corona discharge during lightning storms or by UV light from the Sun. Single oxygen atoms cannot exist alone without regrouping back into di-atomic oxygen molecules. During this recombination stage some atoms will regroup into loosely bonded tri-atomic oxygen. This new molecule is called Ozone or O3.
Unlike hand sanitisers and most cleaning products it is not possible for the new strains of virus to build up immunity against it.
Ozone breaks apart lipid molecules in fact bursting the protective bubble the virus uses to protect itself. Indeed, once the lipid envelope of the virus is fragmented, its DNA or RNA core cannot survive.
Hand sanitisers not only damage the PH balance of the skin allowing easier access of the virus to our bodies but the materials used to carry the antibiotic properties can also create a micro barrier where viruses like to live.
By placing our ozone generator inside of a vehicle with the air conditioning unit running the ozone reaches every corner, crack and crevice of the vehicle which is far more efficient than using traditional methods to wipe surfaces with cleaning products which may, or may not clean the areas.
There is no poisonous residue with ozone. On the contrary, we are left with very clean cars which smell very fresh. It is similar to what we experience after a summer rain shower or thunder storm as that is ozone that you are smelling.