Ozone Shock Treatment
Ozone Shock Treatment is a process for removing unwanted contaminants and odours in commercial and residential buildings. This treatment is one of the most efficient and effective methods of sterilizing large indoor spaces.
Shock treatment uses an ozone generator to create high levels of ozone in an enclosed, controlled room or building. The process only takes a short period, generally between several minutes and several hours depending on the size of the room and the generator output.
This type of treatment can be used to effectively kill bacteria, viruses, and pathogens, including COVID-19. In addition to removing impurities in the air, ozone is also an excellent treatment for odour control. For safety reasons, the affected area must not be occupied for the duration of the exposure, and for a short period afterwards to allow the ozone to dissipate.
The incubation of any kind of bacteria usually takes place where little ventilation exists, the temperature is warm, and the air is humid. The efforts to control the spread of bacteria and viruses has been amplified thanks to the coronavirus. While primary spread of COVID-19 is through the air, research has shown that the virus can live on many smooth surfaces found in commercial and residential buildings, such as doorknobs, glass, or tables, for up to 5 days.
Ozone and Coronavirus
Typically, viruses are small, independent particles, comprised of crystals and macromolecules that multiply only within the host cell. The new coronavirus is an “enveloped virus.” These viruses have a coating, or envelope, that provides protection and may help the virus survive and infect other cells. Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core, damaging the viral RNA.
At higher concentrations, ozone destroys the exterior protein shell by oxidation. When disinfecting both large and small areas, ozone gas has been proven to kill the novel coronavirus as effectively as many chemicals. Currently, several scientific studies prove ozone gas can destroy the SARS coronavirus. A research team from Nara Medical University was the first in the world to confirm that ozone gas exposure was effective against inactivating the new coronavirus. The study was completed on SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19.
Ozone has proven to be up to 99.999% effective in killing pathogens and viruses like the flu, SARS, and the coronavirus. However, choosing the correctly sized generator for your environment will improve efficiency and safety.
To maintain workplace safety in all applications, shock treatment should be carried out when no personnel are within the area. Below are charts featuring the different systems we recommend for shock treatment. Based on the square footage of the treatment area, the charts show the time required for complete disinfection.