We have numerous calls coming in to ask if ozone will kill coronavirus, COVID-19. We already know that ozone has successfully killed previous coronavirus threats. We now have the first documented report from an authority source that ozone should kill the COVID-19, but more testing is needed to confirm the efficacy of ozone on the latest coronavirus.
Our office has received numerous calls about whether ozone kills the coronavirus. It is well-known that ozone does kill pathogens (bacteria and viruses). Ozone is a non-chemical solution that can be applied to treat large or small areas and it reaches all surfaces with a nominal treatment. This does not mean there is no need to properly clean the area, but ozone can be an augment to a sanitizing program.
Ozone has been a part of our world since the beginning of time. The ozone layer protects us from excess ozone. Every lightning storm produces more than 40 tons of ozone that sanitizes our world while the rain washes away the debris. During daylight hours, minor amounts of ozone happens everywhere on earth.
When it comes to ozone generators, we have seen it all. One popular brand uses 4" plastic fenceposts to build the case and powers the system with a transformer and stainless steel screens. (Talk about old school). Another self-promoted Internet guru hacks existing blowers, fans, and vacuums to build his machines in a garage. A third promoter actually uses a plastic drain box to build his ozone generators.
First of all, ozone is just a different formulation of normal oxygen. O2 is the normal configuration of two ozone atoms. Through a simple process, an ozone generation breaks the bonds of O2 to cause a temporary bonding of three oxygen atoms. The extra oxygen atom is very loose and will easily disconnect and adhere to other compounds. By adding an oxygen atom at the molecular level, the result is something called oxidation.
After a decade in the business, we have seen it all. When it comes to an ozone generator, they have been around since the time of Nicoli Tesla. Ozone generators are sold online by Youtube-Hypesters and promoters of all types. So, prepare to be totally confused if you are willing to attempt to sort the false boasts from actual facts.
We have used chlorine dioxide (CLO2) many times. We have used the stabilized liquid for spraying, and the non-stabilized tablets in trays. Basically, chlorine dioxide works, and it is a rival to ozone. So, the comparisons made here are meant as helpful information, not to slam one or the other. Ozone and chlorine dioxide are both considered "Oxidizers". That means both produce available oxygen atoms into the air or spray to oxidize the target threats.
As a service that deals with mold, odors, pullulation, and diseases that abound in the environment, we know that part of the equation is the health and stability of the people who hire us. Of late, we have been recommending the use of CBD products as a aid to those we encounter. Our personal experience with CBD has been remarkable, and we feel that this is the non-medicine way to stabilize out-of-balance lives.
In the search for a great product to team with ozone, we have returned to the consideration of enzymes and probiotics. These are microorganisms that we refer to as "Digesters" which is another way to not cover, but destroy the source of odors. We like essential oils too, but they treat mostly the air that is circulating.
This is an important message to all ozone-type businesses who have found that they spend more time explaining or defending ozone as a great solution for many environmental ills. Why is ozone the first or only thing we present? Does a mechanic explain how a torque wrench works, or does he fix the car?