Preventing COVID-19 transmission using ambient air disinfection

ambient air disinfection
© istock-1263137894

Envirolyte ECA UK Ltd explains how the transmission rate of COVID-19 can be prevented using hypochlorous acid for ambient air disinfection

In December 2020 the majority of the UK was placed into Tier 4 restrictions, due to the accelerated transmission of COVID-19 and its mutations. On 4 January 2021, the UK entered a national lockdown for the third time – but it has become evident that the previous scientific and government recommendations to control the spread of COVID-19 since March 2020, have not been sufficiently effective. How many restrictions do we need before those in power realise that they need to adopt different measures to overcome the spread of COVID-19?

Observations during the pandemic

We have all witnessed incidents where people have not followed the official advice, whether this pertains to wearing face masks, self-isolation, social distancing and mixing with others at home or within large crowds, or even the rules governing the movement between the tiers; all of these actions have exacerbated the spread of the virus.

Using hypochlorous acid (HOCL) as an aerosolised disinfectant is one way to overcome the aforementioned issues, by safely disinfecting the ambient air that people breathe within the environments they inhabit. This can help to protect all of us, even when Government guidelines are not followed. It is an established fact that to date no virus exists that HOCL cannot safely eradicate.

As COVID-19 is currently ubiquitous, if we continually eradicate its presence within the ambient air whenever we can, this will reduce the viral numbers and slow the spread. We must continually eliminate COVID-19 or have methods in place which will stop it from affecting our long-term health: one major failing in fighting the virus so far, is that no co-ordinated governmental plan has been formulated to ensure that airborne viral aerosols can be swiftly eradicated.

Meanwhile, have people become complacent about infection control measures due to the imminent arrival of vaccines? Has letting fans return to sporting events and some theatres increased the infection rate, or is it the change in the makeup of the virus made it more virulent and led to an increase in the transmission rate?

The past few months has also seen an increase in the number of bird flu cases within the UK, causing flocks to be culled to prevent this virus spreading to other farms. This really emphasises that we are always surrounded by many different viruses, which are prevalent and resilient; and which can affect both humans and animals.

Will we need a different vaccination every year?

Flu vaccinations for people are repeated annually, as a different strain appears every year. There is never a guarantee that the flu vaccine will protect you against the strain which is actually prevalent in any given year. There is a risk that the same problem could arise with COVID-19 vaccinations, even though the pharmaceutical companies have quoted high percentages of protection.

The vaccines may or might not work for the long term: if COVID-19 follows the pattern of other viruses and keeps evolving, will the various vaccines offer us enough protection against any future viral mutations, or will they only work for a limited amount of time?

Will we need to receive a different COVID-19 vaccination every year when we get our annual flu jab?

Vaccinated people will spread the virus

Scientific research has indicated that vaccinated people could still carry the COVID-19 virus within their nasal passages and airways, potentially making them ‘spreaders’ who could infect unvaccinated people. We must remain proactive at providing ongoing protection against the virus, as well as any other emerging viral strains in the coming years.

Is there a way we can reduce the effect of COVID-19?

Using HOCL to continually disinfect the air we breathe within controlled environments, eradicates any airborne viruses, pathogens, or bacteria, therefore viral transmission rates between infected and non-infected individuals will be reduced.

During this pandemic, it has been very frustrating to see that that the UK government and those in the scientific community have failed to recognise or embrace the benefits of HOCL, as a safe way to tackle the virus head-on and in a large-scale way, using it could have saved many lives and prevented the rate of infections.

Here at Envirolyte ECA UK Ltd, we have been informing people for a very long time about using HOCL as a simple and very effective answer to fight COVID-19.

Implementing a 24/7 prevention and disinfection protocol

A key step in reducing the spread of the virus is to implement a 24/7 disinfection protocol to reduce the prevalence of any airborne virus within the major transmission and spreading routes, which for COVID-19 is via the ambient air. Eradicating aerosols generated within person-to-person contact situations is the best way to achieve this.

COVID-19 eradication should be carried out using an appropriate strength HOCL disinfectant and a prevention protocol, which will not cause any ill effects to humans or animals over a 24/7 period of usage.

Safe ambient air disinfection using HOCL is a game changer, when it is applied to the indoor ambient air that we can all breathe, as a part of a 24/7 disinfection regimen. Doing this will offer us a long-term prevention method, which could allow us to make positive progress towards returning to the normality of safely living our lives in an unhindered and unrestricted way.

Envirolyte ECA UK Ltd offers an invisible aerosol disinfection deployment method which safely kills the COVID-19 virus within the ambient air, when people are within a controlled environment. Scientific proof is available to show that our HOCL and the deployment method is safe to use.

HOCL, our disinfection liquid, is used at a concentration of 500ppm, for deployment into the ambient air to serve locations where people gather for work, shopping, leisure or travel.

Breathing in the disinfected ambient air provides residual protection within a person’s nasal passages, airways, and lungs, so if they do ingested any viral particles, the residual HOCL will counteract the effects the invading virus will try to have within their body.

Positives and negatives of ambient air disinfection

  • Ultrasonic fogging humidifiers have been used to help control the virus within certain sized indoor environments. However, this method can significantly raise the humidity levels above recommended levels, making the ambient air go visually foggy or hazy, which is not always acceptable, when operated over long periods of time. So controlling how the humidifier is operated to prevent the fog or haze is important.
  • Ultrasonic humidifiers use circa 400ml/hour of HOCL for an occupied area from circa 50m3, our aerosol deployment method uses a significantly smaller amount of HOCL, at circa 12.5ml/hour, which offers a lower operational running cost.
  • Our HOCL aerosol deployment method will not raise the ambient air relative humidity (RH) more than 1% or 2%, or cause a fog or hazing effect. It is used within small rooms or much larger environments like hospitals, airports, train stations, office complexes, schools, universities, cinemas, theatres, concert halls and even semi-enclosed sports stadiums, plus any methods of mass transportation where people are placed close together, like planes, trains, buses, coaches and cars.
    • The HOCL floats and is suspended within the ambient air, creating an invisible 3D grid pattern or matrix, which provides a residual disinfection barrier to eradicate any airborne viruses, pathogens, or bacteria. It floats for up to six hours, before the aerosols fall down towards the ground landing on any surfaces.
    • The matrix is always kept topped up by using a timed based programme or an operational ON/OFF control method, ensuring the 3D grid pattern is constantly maintained, during a period of occupation.
  • Using the HOCL invisible aerosol disinfection method within controlled environments, could stop people having to wear a mask, as they will be constantly breathing in the HOCL, which will provide a long period of sustained residual efficacy within the ambient air, and also within a person’s nasal passages, airways and lungs. The HOCL will also provide ongoing disinfection when in contact with people’s clothes, skin, or any surfaces.

Residual protection of people sounds too good to be true, but it really does work, when you breathe the ambient air disinfected with HOCL, within a controlled environment.

John Ware, AMRSPH

This article is from issue 16 of Health Europa. Click here to get your free subscription today.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here