How can COVID-19-protection masks have to be cleaned?
Ozone, or activated oxygen seems to be for the effective sterilization and cleaning of masks for protection against COVID-19 suitable. In the case of the re-use of protective masks, it is particularly important that they be sterilized, in order to provide optimum protection.
A now from the University of Toledo College of Medicine published the Editorial for the cleaning of protective masks explains what measures for sterilization, for the most success. The Editorial was published in the English journal “The Open Dermatology Journal”.
Mask shortage in hospitals
The COVID-19 pandemic poses to the world is a huge challenge for health systems, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, medical personnel and supply of medical goods. A very illustrative example of the lack of equipment and preventive sets, including so-called N95 masks is. The lack of N95 masks in hospitals have forced many local hospitals to also use normal masks.
Partially masks need to be re-used
A bigger Problem for people in the healthcare professions and hospitals, the question of how the masks for the use of sterilized is best can be (purified), so that, if necessary, for re-use. In an Editorial, was now described, how such an effective sterilization can be achieved.
Chemical agent for sterilization are particularly well-suited
Dr. Craig G. Burkhart, of the medical faculty of the University of Toledo College of Medicine, defined in his Editorial, a suitable method for the sterilization of protective masks. In his opinion, the best cleaning solution for protective masks, the treatment with chemical agents for sterilization.
Ozone sterilization is very effective
Such funds operate, for example, by oxidative processes, all of the bacteria, fungi and viruses are killed. The so-called ozone sterilization is a very effective method for the sterilization of masks, according to the expert.
How does the cleaning with ozone?
Ozone, or activated oxygen (O3) is a sterilizing agent, which has proved effective in killing bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa in the past as successful. In the fight against viruses, ozone diffuses into the protein shell to the nucleic acid, and harms and kills the virus. The activated oxygen destroys the unsaturated lipid envelope of the Virus by binding configuration leaves the existing Multiple-explains the author of the Editorials.
Virus can not survive without a lipid envelope
Since the core can’t survive content of the Virus without an intact lipid envelope, the Virus is killed. The COVID-19-Virus is one such Virus that is not able to survive without its lipid envelope, and it has an unsaturated lipid envelope, which encloses the nuclear contents.
What viruses respond to the procedure?
Include other viruses, which are not able to keep the activated oxygen, for example polio viruses 1 and 2, human Rotavirus, the Norwalk Virus, Parvoviruses, and various Hepatitis viruses, explains Dr. Craig G. Burkhart.
The so far acquired knowledge for the sterilization of the masks will hopefully help in the practice of the protection from COVID-19 can be improved, stresses the expert. Because of the protection of persons in health care and in hospitals is particularly important, since these people are exposed to every day in their work, an increased risk for infection. (as)