The outbreak and rapid spread of a new coronavirus from China has caused great concern worldwide as the virus is highly
contagious and spread in air, from contaminated surfaces and via personal contact.
Early data indicates that the infection rate is higher
than that measured for another virulent coronavirus called SARS in 2002 and 2019.
Epidemiologists have confirmed the source of
the new coronavirus as a wild animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan where vendors sell dozens of carcasses and live animals
including bats, rats, ostriches, crocodiles and hedgehogs. The Wuhan Institute of Virology has determined from patient samples
that there is a 96% match to bat coronavirus. The SARS coronavirus outbreaks of 2002 also originated in bats and spread to humans
via palm civets, cat-sized mammals sold in Chinese markets.
Dozens of people in several US cities have been infected
principally by exposure to travelers from Asia. Health authorities in major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta,
Seattle, New York are screening airline travelers. Over 100 people in 26 states have been investigated and are being monitored
for the virus. The expanding outbreak has sparked concerns at schools and universities across the country that have exchange
programs with China. The CDC confirms that there is no vaccine available and recommends routine sanitary precautions to minimize
the risk of infection.
Risk of infection is highest in densely populated cities, public
areas and transportations centers where the airborne virus can become concentrated. Of particular risk are public rest rooms.
MERS transmission has been confirmed by inhaling aerosolized
contaminated stool when flushing an open toilet. Aerosols persist in air for extended periods of time. Travelers and health care
workers are at the highest risk.
Disruptive, FDA Approved Technology Can Help Minimize Viral Infection Risk
HGI Industries has developed a range of innovative sanitizing
devices (Odorox® line of products) that are powered by high energy ultraviolet photochemistry, just like the action of the sun.
These devices kill 99.99% of viruses, bacteria, mold and other pathogens in air, on surfaces and fabrics safely, in areas as
small as an office or as large as hundreds of thousands of square meters (millions of square feet). HGI’s proprietary
technology sanitizes by generating effective levels of atmospheric hydroxyl radicals, nature’s powerful atmospheric 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 or other sanitizing agents. They react
so fast that they are consumed within a few seconds, so they never accumulate. The cascade of organic peroxy and oxy sanitizing
compounds formed also react very rapidly. Volatile organic by-products are rapidly decomposed as they are recycled through the
device. Indoor environments are rapidly depleted of natural hydroxyls and build up unhealthy levels of chemicals, bacteria and
viruses. Odorox® technology eliminates this build-up and restores nature’s safe balance indoors.
Atmospheric hydroxyl radicals (hydroxyls) are continuously
produced by the action of the sun’s ultraviolet energy on oxygen and water in our atmosphere. There are, on average, two (2)
million hydroxyls in each cubic centimeter of ambient outdoor air during daylight hours.
(D. E. Heard, “Analytical Techniques for
Atmospheric Measurement”, Blackwell Publishing, 2006 – professor at the University of Leeds, UK). 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 bacteria, viruses and other pathogens and disrupt their structure. 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® measured 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 4-5 log (99.99 to 99.999%) within several 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 the main vector
for transmission is inhalation of aerosolized virus.
Figure 8: Bacteriophage MS2 Control and MDU/RX trial Log Reduction in Viable Concentration.
Germicidal ultraviolet (UV-C) lights have been
used for years to sanitize surfaces. UV-C lights have insufficient power to generate hydroxyls, whose formation requires higher
energy UV energy. UV-C lights are only able to sanitize surfaces and biologicals within a few inches of their source and only
when there is sufficient exposure time achieved by low flow rates. They are ineffective sanitizing air that circulates rapidly
past their source and do not sanitize surfaces.
HGI’s Odorox® 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 specified applications and volumes of space
to ensure that hydroxyl levels match safe levels found in nature. Odorox® devices have received the ETL safety mark and the
MDU/Rx™ model has been approved by the FDA for use in occupied spaces in medical facilities (510k #133800, 2014).
Odorox® portable devices can treat rooms from 27 to 540 square
meters (300 to 6,000 square feet), either as standalone units or by integrating into existing heating and ventilation systems.
Odorox® commercial devices are designed to treat large spaces - up to thousands of cubic feet
- and feature integrated, interactive process controls and
sensors that measure and control the levels of sanitizing oxidants ensuring consistent, safe levels.
HGI’s Odorox® devices are manufactured in the United States.
HGI can rapidly design and implement custom solutions that effectively treat public places at risk of coronavirus contamination
and propagation. HGI can help authorities to rapidly put in place solutions that sanitize the air and surfaces in hospitals,
airports, train stations, schools, universities, health clinics and other public places.
Dr. Connie Araps
PhD Organic Chemistry, Princeton University President Prometheus
Strategies, LLC Chair, HGI Scientific Advisory Board
Benefits of Odorox Technology, Testimonials from our Customers
I have ten years experience as an estimator, trainer, and general manager of a 3 million dollar+ cleaning and restoration firm. As a Certified Restorer I have never endorsed one product over another. I have always believed that there were products available laterally that were as good what was being offered at the time.
After using your Odorox machines my opinion has changed. We recently put them to the test by placing them in a basement that had a fire..before we tore out! The Odorox completely eliminated the smoke odor. I thought for sure the odor would return when we tore out the drywall but it didnÕt. This was great since we had spaced sheathing with felt paper and hardwood above it. We were able to eliminate the odor without removing the floors! I believe you may have found the next 'sliced bread'.
Johnathan B. Launder
Cleaning & Restoration
This is the most effective and profitable deodorization tool on the market. We?ve used ODOROX? systems on many different types of jobs and it works every time. The best part is being able to occupy the structure while it?s running. We now teach ODOROX? at our training facility
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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.