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
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I have to let you know how happy we are with the results we achieved with the use of ODOROX HYDROXYL.
Being in the fire restoration business, we come across many unusual odors. In the past, we have relied a great deal on Ozone Technology to deal with these problems. One particular odor we have come across a number of times throughout the years is home heating oil. It is one of the most difficult odors to remove.
After purchasing the ODOROX equipment, we set it up in a residential basement. After two days, there was a noticeable reduction in odor and after five days, the odor was completely gone. This impressed not only myself, but the homeowner, oil company, and the environmental engineer sent to monitor the air quality.
The equipment seemed expensive after being purchased, however the results were great. I definitely recommend the use of ODOROX HYDROXYL Technology.
EMS Restoration Corp
EMS Restoration Corp
My husband and I recently purchased a condominium apartment which has a few severe issues. Firstly, it had yellow nicotine covered ceiling, walls and air vents. Secondly, there was extensive soiled broadloom throughout. The odor in the dwelling was a sickly combination of nicotine, animal waste, and extreme mustiness due to the animal refuse/waste.
The previous owner was a chain smoker. She resided in this 2,400 square foot, three level condominium for just over 13 years. The areas most affected by the nicotine were the kitchen, dining room and the family room. Further, the dwelling was vacant for over one year. This resulted in the nicotine, animal excrement and dirt compounding over time and spider webs and a thick layer of dust had visibly accumulated on the ceilings and walls.
We started by scrubbing every surface. The ceilings once cleaned were still yellow and the nicotine odor was still very strong. One could not spend much time there without one's eyes starting to burn and itch. We then spray painted all the ceilings with an oil based paint and subsequently painted every surface of the dwelling. Unfortunately, the nicotine odor was still quite heavy. We then removed the entire broadloom and under pad. We cleaned the cement floor with a special cement-cleaning product before installation of the new under pad and broadloom. Unfortunately, even after we completed all this, the odor was still there. Cleaning, painting and installing new broadloom throughout had still not solved the air quality issues we were facing.
The furnace and ventilation systems were a major concern. How could we clean and solve the areas we could not physically access? Along came The Boss. I had heard about the hydroxyl technology from a friend. Clearly, no matter how much we cleaned, scrubbed, painted or replaced, there was no way that anyone could reside here unless all the odor and bacteria were totally removed.
The Boss, a non-contained Hydroxyl Generator is easy to use and quiet. We ran the unit with and without the air conditioner on as we wanted the air going through the vents to eliminate the odor and bacteria there as well. We ran The Boss for a period of two to three days on each level of the three level condominium apartment. The Boss was miraculously successful in solving our air quality problem. The condominium apartment not only looked clean but also felt and smelled clean.
It was evident that even though we scrubbed, painted and replaced all the old flooring, without the help of The Boss, we would have never been able to achieve the level of clean air quality we required. The odor and bacteria were all eliminated. I can only imagine the multitude of applications this product could be used for. It is light, easy to move and is quiet to operate. Thanks to The Boss, we were able to complete our restoration.
Thanks for bringing such a great product to market!
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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.