COVID19: Updates

New Steps taking to fight the virus upon reopening: use of an Ozone generator, face mask, and social distancing(Less access to the facility).

We will use 1-2 times a week(preferably the weekends) after hours in short burst and the building will be well ventilated after each use.

Ozone is activated oxygen, with three oxygen molecules instead of the two found in the air we breathe. It is nature’s built-in purification system created by the waves of the ocean, lightening in a thunderstorm, and the rain forests. It serves to reduce pollution naturally. Of course, it is also plays a role as a protective layer in the upper atmosphere, (more specifically the stratosphere), that filters out the ultraviolet radiation from the sun, preventing most of it from reaching the earth’s surface. On the earth's surface, ozone has a half-life of about twenty minutes, meaning that one of the three oxygen molecules is unstable and seeks to combine with either another free oxygen molecule or a pollutant that will be ‘oxidized’ or destroyed.

A few uses for ozone generators include:

  • Killing Mold and Mildew: Using ozone air purification to “blast” or “shock” mold and mildew is a common commercial practice. Airborne mold spores can be harmful to health, especially the lungs and respiratory system. Mold and mildew can trigger asthma and allergies, so removing them is always a top priority. However, mold removal often requires the removal and demolition of building materials, including wood framing, sheet rock, carpet, and ceiling panels. With ozone generators, mold can be removed in a relatively quick and affordable fashion.

  • Removing Bacteria, Germs, and Viruses: Disease-causing substances like bacteria, germs, and viruses are often hiding in plain sight. Places like the kitchen sink, bathroom floor, TV remote, and even the salt and pepper shakers can all hold bacteria and germs, increasing the likelihood of sickness in your home. Ozone generators, however, have proven abilities to remove many disease-causing substances by attacking the contaminants at the molecular level.

  • Removing Odors: One of the most common uses for ozone generators is the removal of odors. In the same way that it attacks mold or bacteria cells, ozone gas will also attack the physical airborne cells that make odors. This can be useful for many different purposes, including hotel rooms that have lingering smells from tobacco smoke. Another potential use is by landlords who need to remove the smell of pets from their properties, or by average homeowners who simply want to remove a foul odor in their home. Using ozone gas is often a last-ditch effort to remove an odor. When other techniques, such as cleaning solutions and scented air fresheners fail, having ozone concentrations can be used to “shock” the room.

  • There are other uses, but these are the main reasons that people choose to release ozone chemicals into their homes, businesses, and property.

 

There are questions about how long a virus such as the coronavirus, can survive outside a host ie on surfaces. The influenza virus can survive anything between 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.


In order to be safe, 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 is scientifically proven to kill microorganisms, (like bacteria, viruses, and fungi), that are  responsible for MRSA, VRSA, H1N1, Whooping Cough, Athletes Foot, etc. The antipathogenic effects of ozone have been substantiated for several decades. Its killing action upon bacteria, viruses, fungi, and in many species of protozoa, serve as the basis for its increasing use in disinfecting municipal water supplies in cities worldwide. Typically, viruses are small, independent particles, built of crystals and macromolecules. Unlike bacteria, they multiply only within the host cell. Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core, resulting in damage of the viral RNA. At higher concentrations, ozone destroys the capsid or exterior protein shell by oxidation. Numerous families of viruses including poliovirus I and 2, human rotavruses, Norwalk virus, Parvoviruses, and Hepatitis A, B and non-A non-B are  among many others that are susceptible to the virucidal actions of ozone.

We will be open June 15, 2020(attentively). Please follow the link provided for local information on the virus.

 https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

 

 

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