The outbreak and rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact worldwide as the virus is highly contagious and spreads by air, from contaminated surfaces and via personal contact. Data suggests that the infection rate is higher than that measured for SARS, another virulent coronavirus. SARS-CoV-2 Covid-19 has rapidly spread in recent weeks to over 200 countries.
Social distancing is a primary strategy being used to slow the progress of transmission and infection, but this approach is not viable in the healthcare setting, where healthcare workers and sick patients are at constant risk and in close proximity to infected people. For the healthcare setting, a solution is needed that can kill the aerosolized virus and also kill the virus on surfaces, so that the spread of the disease can be slowed and the burden on the healthcare system eased.
HGI Industries Inc., a company based in Boynton Beach, Florida, has developed a novel, patent protected technology that can kill coronavirus Covid-19 in both the air and on surfaces. HGI manufactures a range of innovative sanitizing devices (Odorox® line) that are powered by high energy ultraviolet photochemistry, replicating the cleaning action of the sun. These devices kill 99.99% of viruses, bacteria, mold and other pathogens in air, on surfaces and on fabrics safely, in areas as small as an office or as large as hundreds of thousands of square feet. Odorox's proprietary technology sanitizes by generating effective levels of atmospheric hydroxyls, nature’s powerful atmospheric sanitizing oxidant that is both safe for occupied spaces and effective in sanitizing.
Airborne hydroxyls are the perfect sanitizing agent. They react with a broader range of chemicals and are over one million times faster than ozone, bleach and other sanitizing agents. They react so fast that they are consumed within a few seconds, so they never accumulate. Atmospheric hydroxyls are continuously produced by the action of the sun’s ultraviolet energy on oxygen and water in our atmosphere. They keep air safe to breathe by decomposing natural and man-made pollutants and killing microorganisms. They sanitize air and surfaces by a natural process called lysing, where the hydroxyls react chemically with the lipids, protein carbohydrates and other organic chemicals in the cell wall and membranes of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. The interior contents of the cells leak and the organism is destroyed. The mechanism for killing microorganisms is not biological, so the bacteria or viruses cannot develop any form of immunity.
Odorox® kill rates across a broad range of microorganisms on hard and porous surfaces and in air are consistently over 99.9%. Kill rates for aerosolized microorganisms are exceptionally high in the measured range of 99.99% to 99.999% in two hours, as shown below from a study of the Odorox® MDU/Rx™ device presented to the FDA. This is particularly effective for the spread of viral disease as an important vector for transmission is inhalation of aerosolized virus.
Testing a new, virulent virus like the coronavirus Covid-19 is not easy for several reasons. Only major national labs like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) get samples soon after the emergence of a new virus. Most commercial labs are not equipped to test virulent virus as it requires biosafety containment facilities and protocols beyond their capability (level 3 or 4). A proven alternative approach adopted by the FDA is to test recognized surrogate viruses in studies where they are aerosolized to mimic the most important transmission mode. HGI conducted such studies to demonstrate the expected efficacy of its technology in killing and reducing the propagation of Coronavirus.
At the Aerosol Research & Engineering Laboratories (ARE Labs), a laboratory specializing in the study of aerosolized microorganisms, HGI conducted an FDA approved evaluation of the kill rates of two representative bacteria, two representative viruses and a mold as part of the approval process for its MDU/RX portable device. All five kill rates were between 4 and 5 log reductions (99.99% and 99.999%) within two hours, an exceptionally high, fast kill rate.
The FDA selected the MS2 and Phi-X174 viruses for this study because they had different viral sheaths and were representative of the two main types of viruses. MS2 bacteriophage (ATCC 15597-B1) is positive-sense, single-stranded RNA virus that infects the bacterium Escherichia coli and other members of the Enterobacteriaceae family. MS2 is routinely used as a simulant for pathogenic RNA viruses such as the coronavirus Covid-19 Phi-X174 (ATCC 13706-B1) bacteriophage i s a circular single stranded DNA based virus that infects the bacterium Escherichia coli. Phi-X174 was selected as a simulant for DNA based pathogenic viruses.”
The kill rate profiles for these viruses are shown below. It is notable that the baselines remain very stable during the trial and the rates of viral decline are similar and rapid, and achieve the FDA minimum level of efficacy of 99% (2 log reduction) within 15 to 30 minutes.
Odorox leveraged these and other safety and efficacy results to obtain FDA approval for its Odorox® MDU-Rx device (FDA 510k #133800 approval as a medical device). The MDU-Rx is approved by the FDA for use in occupied spaces in medical facilities.
Odorox's UV technology is unique: it is completely different from germicidal UV-C technology. Odorox devices generate more intense and high energy UV radiation within a patented reflection chamber. Different models are customized for specific applications and volumes of space to ensure that hydroxyl levels match the safe levels found in nature.
OdoroxAir portable devices can treat rooms from 300 to 6,000 square feet, either as standalone units or by integrating them into existing heating and ventilation ducts. Odorox commercial devices are designed to treat large spaces – hundreds of thousands of square feet - and feature integrated, interactive process controls and sensors that measure and control the levels of sanitizing oxidants ensuring consistent, safe levels.
OdoroxAir can design and implement custom solutions that effectively treat schools, colleges, commercial office spaces, healthcare facilities , fitness facilities which are at risk of corona virus Covid-19 contamination and propagation. OdoroxAir can help authorities to rapidly put in place solutions that sanitize the air and surfaces in almost anyfacily immediately with portable units and longer term, with permanent HVAC installations. OdoroxAir solutions can also be used to sanitize used previously used personal protective equipment and extend the the life of your critical supplies.
Benefits of Odorox Technology, Testimonials from our Customers
Angles Professional Hair Care Centres
Mr. Stuart Taube
Hydroxyl Environmental Inc
Thank you for selecting Angels to test your Odorox Hydroxyl Generator in our hair and beauty salon during the month of November. As you know Hair Salons are full ofVOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) and other difficult odors derived from chemical solutions used on a variety of applications such as perms. Some of these odors are nearly impossible to get out and at times can be irritants to my employees or customers.
Your machine was simply amazing, not only did it get the airborne odors out of the ambient air in only a few hours, but after operating over night all of the odors were eradicated from the walls, surfaces and furniture. Each morning we came into an
. odorless sanitized environment that felt fresh and clean. We don't understand how you got the odors out of the furniture without it passing through the machine but we can't complain about the result
When you informed me that the elevated oxygen that emits from the machine would eliminate the tiredness we all feel by the end of the day I didn't believe you. Well I must
say I will never doubt you now, the clean oxygen rich air not only surprised me in how it eliminated my normal afternoon fatigue but other customers commented on it
Thank you once again for showcasing your technology in our facility.
Angles Professional Hair Care Centres
665 Plains Road East Burlington Ontario
Angles Hair Care
Major Canadian Insurance Adjuster takes notice of Hydroxyl Benefits
Recently I've had the chance to see the hydroxyl machines in action in two claims that we worked on together and I have to tell you how impressed I am that these machines actually do what they claim.
First there was the liability claim at the 15,000 square foot office building in Cambridge that was under construction. Our insured was doing some work in the building and accidentally started a small fire. Smoke went throughout the building and since the drywall was all new it had not been sealed or painted yet. Although there was very little soot deposit, odour was the bigger problem. We were faced with the real possibility of having to replace the drywall at a cost well over $150,000. Even to Kilz paint it would have been in excessive of $80,000. There was also an exposure related to income loss if there were delays in the completion of the building.
The hydroxyl machines that you recommended and used on this claim did an amazing job of removing the entire smoke odour to everyone's satisfaction and in a mere seven days and at a cost of under $30,000! The construction workers were even able to continue to work while the machines were running.
The second claim involved a diner inside a local bus terminal. There was a small electrical fire in the storage room. The sprinklers put the fire out but smoke went throughout the storage and kitchen areas. Again odour was the bigger problem once the water clean-up was done. PDS put in a hydroxyl machine for two days to eliminate the smoke odour. A few weeks later I met with our insured who commented that not only did the smoke odour disappear but so had the odour of the grease. He was very pleased with our claims service and PDS.
I certainly will be asking other contractors to use this equipment in other claims involving odours. I'm confident that it works really well and the potential for saving money is huge.
Canadian National Insurance Company
Canadian Insurance Company
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Odorox hydroxyl technology destroys 99.9% of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, voc's and viruses in the air and on porous and non-porous surfaces which can cause illness and infections. MDU/RX FDA approved and safe to use in spaces occupied by people, pets, and plants.