Nanako, Madrid, May 20, 2021 /PressReleasePoint/ – COVID-19 has caused worldwide havoc in recent times, sparking much research into better treatments and stopping its propagation. Ozone has been found to be a very effective way to improving treatments and reducing its propagation.
Ozone is a strong oxidiser which can kill bacteria, molds, fungi and viruses effectively. It has been used for treatment of water and wastewater since the early 1900s. Nikola Tesla patented his first ozone generator in 1896 to produce ozonated olive oil. Some of its key properties include its capacity for disinfection and sanitation as well as its powerful microbial and viral load reduction properties.
It is equally important to combat the virus both inside the human body as well as in the environment. These viruses, being RNA viruses, are found to be susceptible to ozone. Ozone being an unstable molecule can breakup into its split products namely reactive oxygen species and ozonides creating a toxic environment for these viruses. Ozone mainly prevents the membrane fusion with the host cell, thus interfering with their replication. With such vast applications of the gas, it has created a new spark in the field of medicine in combating these viruses and many other organisms. Two of the key applications of ozone are: sterilization and patient treatment.
Ozone can be used in the disinfection of viral contaminated environments. Its maximum anti-viral efficacy requires a short period of high humidity (>90% relative humidity) after the attainment of peak ozone gas concentration (20 25 ppm, 39-49 mg/m3 ). As a gas it can penetrate all areas within a room, including crevices, fixtures, fabrics, hospital room, public transport, hotel room, cruise liner cabin, office, etc. and under surfaces of furniture, much more efficiently than manually applied liquid sprays and aerosols. The environment to be treated must be free of people and animals due to the relative toxicity of ozone via inhalation.
Systemic ozone therapy can be potentially useful against SARS-CoV-2. The rationale and mechanism of action has already been proven clinically in other viral infections and has been shown to be highly effective in a number of research studies.
Ozone treatment is of significant interest in the treatment of COVID-19 because:
• Ozone therapy has an immunological role within SARS-CoV-2 regimens, because of the modulation of cytokines and interferons, including the induction of gamma interferon.
• Ozone exerts antiviral activity through the inhibition of viral replication and direct inactivation of viruses.
• Ozone is an antiviral drug enhancer and is not an alternative to antiviral drugs.
• Combined treatment with involving ozone and antivirals demonstrated a reduction in inflammation and lung damage.