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The virus is not an airborne virus, it is a surface contaminating virus.
It is typically spread via the host sneezing (at or on someone or something), coughing (at or on someone or something), bodily fluids (touching nose then door handle, handshake, etc).
When the host sneezes or coughs, the virus becomes airborne for a short duration, prior to landing on nearby surfaces or other persons, or being inhaled by someone.
All of this means that if the virus is picked up by an HVAC system, UV lights will most likely sterilize it and HEPA filters will most likely capture it.
BUT: both of those systems do little to destroy the virus on other surfaces, once the virus has settled from the air or if the host has transported the virus via touch.
All of that being said, the Reme-Halo systems that we offer do in fact generate what’s called Hydro-Peroxides, which are then disbursed within the home, via the HVAC system ductwork. These Hydro-Peroxides are known to kill bacteria, mold and viruses within the home that are not necessarily suspended within the air. We do NOT know for SURE whether or not the Reme-Halo will inactivate or destroy Coronavirus COVID-19 specifically
Reme-Halo has tested their system and its ability to disinfect homes, and has found that the following contaminants can be treated / destroyed by their system (Using both UV & Hydro-Peroxides):
- H1N1 (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Avian Influenza (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Norwalk Virus (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Streptococcus Sp (Inactivation Rate 96+%)
- Pseudomonas Sp (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Listeria (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Escherichia Coli (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Bacillius Globigii (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Staphylococcus Aureus (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Clostridium Difficile “C-Diff” (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Tuberculosis (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Legionella (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Streptococcus Pneumoniae (Inactivation Rate 99+%)
- Mold/Yeast (Bacteria: 99% / Mold: 97-98% / Yeast: 90+%)
The system also has an astounding effect on:
- Chemical Compounds (Reductions from 100% to 30%)
- Odors (Pets, Smoke, Perfumes, Cleaning Chemicals)
The Reme-Halo Sneeze Test:
A testing protocol concept was used which included a “Sneeze Simulation Machine” and “Sneeze” chamber. A sneeze can travel at up to 100 mph, so we had to consider lung capacity, sneeze pressure, and liquid volume to properly simulate a human sneeze. This was accomplished and the test proceeded with outstanding results. An average of 88% reduction of microbials was achieved with PHI in a double blind test, at three feet from the sneeze source. This is clearly not a medically supervised test or protocol. However, from a practical point, it was definitely providing some kill at the source and will provide some level of protection. When RGF® developed the next generation of Advanced Oxidation Technology, REME®, the same testing was performed and an average of 99% reduction of microbials was achieved in the same 3 foot distance.
Tested by: Kansas State University, inactivation 99% Simulated Sneeze Lab Test at three feet in a 250 cu ft Bio Test Chamber. An independent PE double blind study.
Suggestion and tests on other very similar viruses tell us that the Reme-Halo has a very high probability of inactivating or destroying Coronavirus COVID-19. The viruses “close cousins” that most are familiar with is SARS and MERS and Reme-Halo has been successful in inactivating / killing those viruses.
The structure of the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus is almost identical to that of the SARS coronavirus.
The new coronavirus is what is called an “enveloped virus”. They are constituted of a nucleic acid core (made of DNA or RNA) and a nucleic acid coat, or capsid, made of protein.
Where does the name come from?
A coronavirus gets its name from the way it looks under a microscope.
The word corona means “crown,” and when examined closely, the round virus has a “crown” of proteins called peplomers jutting out from its center in every direction. These proteins help the virus identify whether it can infect its host.
The condition known as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was also linked to a highly infectious coronavirus back in the early 2000s. The SARS virus has since been contained and the condition found to be successfully treatable.
What causes Coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are zoonotic. This means they first develop in animals before developing in humans.
For the virus to pass from animal to humans, a person has to come into close contact with an animal that carries the infection.
Once the virus develops in people, coronaviruses can be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. This is a technical name for the wet stuff that moves through the air when you cough or sneeze.
The viral material hangs out in these droplets and can be breathed into the respiratory tract (your windpipe and lungs), where the virus can then lead to an infection.
The 2019 coronavirus hasn’t been definitively linked to a specific animal.
Researchers believe that the virus may have been passed from bats to another animal — either snakes or pangolins — and then transmitted to humans. This transmission likely occurred in the open food market in Wuhan, China.
What is the outlook?
First and foremost, don’t panic. You don’t need to wear a mask or be quarantined unless it’s confirmed you’re positive for SARS-CoV-2.
Following simple hygiene guidelines may help prevent you from developing this and other viruses.
In context, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is much less severe and widespread than more common and more threatening infectious conditions, like the flu.
Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time with warm water and soap. How long is 20 seconds? About as long as it takes to sing your “ABCs.”
Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth when your hands are dirty.
Don’t go out if you’re feeling sick or have any cold or flu symptoms.
Stay at least 3 feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow whenever you sneeze or cough. Throw away any tissues you use right away.
Clean any objects you touch a lot. Use disinfectants on objects like phones, computers, utensils, dishware, and doorknobs.
Don’t touch items that have been in large gathering / public places (Like something off of an airport floor) and then touch your nose, face or someone else’s nose or face! – wash your hands!