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The later we get into the year, it seems the more Coronavirus (more formally known as COVID-19) is affecting every part of our society and day-to-day lives. Dominating the news and prohibiting people from leaving their homes for weeks, the virus is continuing to spread fast. However, there may be a way to slow down the spread of virus – with the help of Ozone Technology.

Ozone is a naturally occurring gas created from oxygen atoms and, at the right levels, Ozone can kill all bacteria and viruses. This type of disinfection and sterilisation technique has been modified and adapted for use across a variety of applications in the UK, particularly in sectors where a bacteria-free and virus-free environment is crucial. See below our data on the variety of organisms which are killed by ozone:

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With more than 17 scientific studies providing evidence that Ozone gas was able to destroy the SARS coronavirus, it’s fair to assume we would be able to replicate its effectiveness on the SARS pandemic by destroying COVID-19 too – as the structure of COVID-19 is almost identical to that of the SARS coronavirus. There’s currently an ongoing study in China at the Institute of Virology in Hubei which supports this theory, and reports will be published in the Virology Journal.

Our Ozone systems have been proven to sanitise rooms using a very simple, convenient and successful method, both in buildings and in vehicles. This is the perfect solution for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and could be part of the outbreak prevention strategy for the UK. See our detailed guide to find out how ozone technology could prevent the spread of coronavirus.

How does Ozone technology helps sanitise buildings and vehicles?

One of the main concerns in the sanitisation of buildings, such as schools and police stations, is employing teams of cleaners. They not only risk exposure to COVID-19, but may be unable to manually remove all traces of the virus. This emphasises the need for a comprehensive sanitisation solution, which comes in the form of Ozone Technology.

When treating an area, our experts calculate the amount of Ozone needed for each space based on room dimensions and air volume in order to ensure the right level of Ozone is produced. We then calculate the length of time for the Ozone to retract, returning to safe levels for the room to be put back into use. Once released into the atmosphere, wherever Ozone meets a surface it will kill the bacteria or virus, giving you peace-of-mind you are protected from infection. After the process is complete and the Ozone has dissipated it turns back to oxygen leaving no residual films, sticky surfaces or pollutants.

We use portable machines, that are easily moved between locations needing just a 13amp plug socket to operate. The machines are extremely energy efficient when in use, being the equivalent to running a 100W light bulb. While our machines are available for rental complete with training, we would use our own experts to administer the Ozone Technology. We recommend that this form of deep clean is done once a month. We can advise on a case by case basis how frequent these cleans should take place depending on the amount of use the room or building receives.

Ozone technology and schools

Ozone Technology can benefit schools by deep cleaning any internal space such as classrooms, libraries, sports halls, changing rooms, canteens and staffrooms. It is especially useful in sanitising difficult to reach areas, such as behind radiators and gym equipment or under tables and chairs, ready for the return of teachers and pupils.

Ozone Technology is also beneficial for the sanitisation of school minibuses and coaches, we have had successful trials with the ambulance service. The process sanitises a vehicle interior at the end of the school day and provides a constant low level of cover during the shift.

  • End of the shift - with the system on a high-level ozone protocol, a 30-60-minute dose of Ozone released in a locked vehicle would kill viruses on all surfaces exposed to air contact.
  • During the shift - a low level protocol (which is safe to humans) would provide regular Ozone to the vehicle interior, helping reduce the level of virus build-up within the cabin of the vehicle.

For peace-of-mind, we supply monitors which alert if people try to enter a space before the Ozone levels have reduced to the required levels. As our gaseous Ozone systems have been proven to sanitise rooms using a very simple and successful method, both in buildings and in vehicles, this is the perfect solution for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Ozone technology and police stations

Much of the same benefits for schools also apply to police stations. A lot of police departments have a ‘clear desk policy’, this means that surfaces are exposed, which is particularly beneficial for Ozone Technology. This allows Ozone to come into contact with all the surfaces in the office environment, as well as sanitisation of walls, floors and chairs.

Ozone is not a water-based technology, so it will have the same sanitising effect on all surfaces it comes in to contact with and any electronic equipment too. For example, monitors, keyboards, telephone keypads and headsets, which are all typically exposed to the air, and not in cupboards or draws.

Ozone technology and other sectors

Whilst schools and police stations are critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, all remaining sectors will be critical in returning the UK Economy back to growth. Any sector still operational needs to ensure a safe working environment for its staff and patrons. Any sectors such as hospitality, retail and the public sector should get in contact to understand how they can get back up and running without risk of further infection.

For more information on ozone technology, or if you’re simply interested in how ozone technology can help in the fight against Coronavirus, get in touch with us today.