As the coronavirus continues to evolve and become more virulent, there are many unanswered questions as there has been no proper clinical or scientific studies that have been conducted on it yet with regards to its properties etc as the 2019-nCoV coronavirus only made its maiden debut in December 2019.
There are questions about how long a virus like the coronavirus, can survive outside a host ie on surfaces.
The influenza virus can survive anything between 5 hours up to seven days on another surface based on the environment temperature and humidity whereas noroviruses that typically attack the gastrointestinal tract, can survive up to a month on surfaces even in hot and dry conditions and will withstand most disinfectants.
Typically most respiratory viruses like the coronavirus favour a cooler temperature.
There's been no studies done so far on the brand new coronavirus or also on the SARS virus, its ?close cousin? with regards to how long it could survive outside on surfaces.
It is wrong to assume that the coronavirus can only just remain active for a few hours on surface as suggested by one health organization via its online site, that's claiming it?s the leading way to obtain info on the coronavirus when there is no scientific proof of that. Should anyone get infected as a result of conditions contrary to their advice, they should not hesitate to sue that organization in court for disseminating information that's not yet ascertained scientifically thus causing harm.
Viruses typically are not really living organisms per se. They are complex bio-molecules that require a living cell to end up being active.
In order to be safe, as we even now do not really know how lengthy 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 experiencing been infected or not.
One good way to do this is by deploying ozone gas.
Ozone gas has been proven to kill the SARS coronavirus and since the structure of the brand new 2019-nCoV coronavirus is nearly identical to that of the SARS coronavirus, it really is relatively safe to say that it will work on the brand 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 shows that it works and the study ought to be concluded by the finish of the week and officially released in the journal Virology.
There are a lot more than 17 scientific tests that show Ozone gas has the capacity to destroy the SARS coronavirus.
Ozone is a naturally occurring gas produced from oxygen atoms. The oxygen molecule comprises of 2 oxygen atoms. These oxygen molecules are broken into atoms by the corona discharge during lightning storms or by UV light from sunlight. 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.
Ozone generators are able to make ozone from normal air and so are normally used as room disinfectants.
The antipathogenic effects of ozone have already been substantiated for a number of decades. Its killing action upon bacteria, viruses, fungi, and in many species of protozoa, serve as the foundation for its increasing make use of 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, leading to 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 numerous others that are susceptible to the virucidal actions of ozone.
Most research efforts on ozone's virucidal effects experience centered upon ozone's propensity to break apart lipid molecules at sites of multiple bond configuration. Indeed, once the lipid envelope of the virus is normally fragmented, its DNA or RNA core cannot survive.
Non-enveloped viruses (Adenoviridae, Picornaviridae, namely poliovirus, Coxsachie, Echovirus, Rhinovirus, Hepatitis A and E, and Reoviridae (Rotavirus), also have begun to be studied. Viruses that do not have an envelope are called "naked viruses." They are constituted of a nucleic acid core (manufactured from DNA or RNA) and a nucleic acid coat, or capsid, manufactured from protein. Ozone, however, apart from its well-recognized action upon unsaturated lipids, can also connect to certain proteins and their constituents, namely amino acids. Indeed, when ozone touches capsid proteins, protein hydroxides and protein hydroxides and protein hydroperoxides are formed. Viruses have no protections against oxidative stress.
The enveloped viruses are usually more sensitive to physico-chemical challenges than are naked virions. Although ozone's effects upon unsaturated lipids is normally one of its best documented biochemical action, ozone is known to connect to proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids.
The new coronavirus can be an enveloped virus.
There are various types of Ozone generators available from huge machines that costs a few thousand US Dollars to simple ones that are being sold online from shoppe, lazada etc for as low asThai Baht 350. or about US$10. They are normally used to clean vegetables etc but can also be used to disinfect small room of sizes about 25 to 30 sqm.There are also many shops and online shops in Thailand selling these ozone generators.
A portable ozone generator that are being sold online
Typically ozone generators should only be used by trained personnel as ozone is dangerous to humans. It can destroy your cells lining your mouth, nasal pathways as well as your lungs. It has the ability to cause cell mutations and cause cancer. And for those with othe underlying disease, brief contact with it can be dangerous.
With all the small ozone generators for small room disinfection, make sure you have a timer and never be in the room when the machine is on. The machine ought to be operated with windows closed and no living thing in the room including pets for about 10 to quarter-hour. (these small machines experience a lower ozone volume output, thus a longer time is preferred.) Do not go in to the room for finally 3 hours and upon entering, wear a mask and open all windows and air the place for about quarter-hour first before stepping back in.
(PS: OZONE IS NOT TO End up being USED TO TAKE CARE OF ANY DISEASE OR End up being CONSUMED OR INHALED AT ALL AS IT IT IS DANGEROUS, IT IS ONLY USED TO DISINFECT AREAS)
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