A Note from the President & CEO of Odorox Hydroxyl Group
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact our communities, our country, and our world, I want to take a moment to share some important information about how Odorox Hydroxyl Group is handling business during this period of many unknowns.
Our top priority is the safety of our team, our customers, and our clients. This is why we have always cleaned the rental machines returned to us before they are sent out again. We promise to continue with our careful cleaning process to help ensure any equipment you receive from us was properly cleaned prior to leaving our facility.
We are remaining open for business. Our team is staged throughout the U.S. and prepared to ship machines to customers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Due to increased demand, we are working to build more machines to get to our customers as quickly as possible.
If you want to know more about using Odorox machines in this area, please click here.
Please do not hesitate to call our offices or your sales representative with any questions you may have, especially when it comes to how Odorox can be part of the protocol. For immediate help, call 888-479-7607, or reach out to Tom McArdle (National Accounts, Training, and Education) or Tom Conroy (National Accounts and Emergency Services) directly by clicking here.
Thank you, as always, for your continued business and support. Stay healthy, stay safe.
Odorox Hydroxyl Group
The global outbreak of Coronavirus has recently reached the U.S., and major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and others have begun screening airline travelers. Some have gone so far as to declare a State of Emergency in certain cases.
As of late February, the World Health Organization confirmed more than 80,000 cases of Coronavirus worldwide; more than 2,700 people have died and new cases are being confirmed daily. As of February 23, 2020, more than 100 people in 26 states have been investigated, with 53 confirmed cases within the United States, according to the CDC.
At this time, the CDC has confirmed there is no vaccine available, but is recommending sanitary precautions to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Odorox® Hydroxyl Group is a leading supplier of Odorox® - the only patented and scientifically proven hydroxyl technology in the marketplace today. The airborne hydroxyl radicals created by Odorox® work by treating pathogens in both the air and on surfaces. These radicals are scientifically known to react one million times faster than ozone, bleach, or other cleaning agents.
What does that mean for the Coronavirus?
To be clear, testing a new virulent virus like the Coronavirus is not possible for several reasons. First, only major national labs like the CDC and NIH get samples so soon after the emergence of the virus. Second, commercial labs are not equipped to test them as it would require biosafety containment facilities and protocols beyond their capability.
However, one of the viruses chosen by the FDA when testing Odorox® was the MS2 virus. Based on what is known about the new Coronavirus, it is believed that the MS2 virus is an excellent surrogate as it too is a positive-sense, single-stranded, RNA virus. The FDA considered it a routine simulant for pathogenic RNA viruses and said the test results were “exceptional”.
Odorox® machines are used in spaces from small bedrooms to large scale areas such as offices, commercial buildings, healthcare facilities, schools and universities, etc. They require no work on your end - just plug them in and turn them on.
Odorox® machines operate around the clock - 24 hours a day. They are an extremely effective tool for killing airborne microorganisms and treating hard to reach areas. This is particularly important when treating viral diseases, like Coronavirus, as the main vector for transmission is inhalation of the aerosolized virus.
Only needing to plug in Odorox® makes the treatment process less time consuming and reduces the stress that comes with continually having to respray and repeatedly wipe all surfaces as new pathogens enter the area. It is recommended to incorporate Odorox® in conjunction with other surface cleaning protocols to create the safest and cleanest environments.
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. This PDF talks about the Global CoronaVirus Outbreak in general.
Testing a new, virulent virus like the Wuhan coronavirus that is spreading across China is not possible for several reasons. Read more in this PDF titled "Can HGI Prove Odorox® Technology Kills the Wuhan Coronavirus?"
The Coronavirus, or COVID-19 is a contagious viral infection that has many people worried. This world-wide virus has the potential to have a huge impact on almost any industry in our current global economy. Here at OdoroxⓇ, we have been flooded with questions and requests for information on what our technology might do to help contain this and other microbiological elements. We put together the following FAQ to help.
Has your product been tested to be effective against viruses and bacteria?
Yes, the ability of OdoroxⓇ machines to kill viruses, bacteria, and mold was scientifically proven back in December 2014, when the OdoroxⓇ MDU/Rx machine was tested and approved by the FDA as a Class II Medical Device in occupied areas.
What data do you have to prove this?
Our machines were tested at the Aerosol Research and Engineering Laboratories (ARE), an independent commercial laboratory that specializes in studying aerosolized microbiological organisms. These tests were performed on viruses, bacteria, and mold chosen by the FDA as some of the toughest. These viruses and bacteria were aerosolized in the test, mimicking the way they are often transmitted through actions like people coughing. We did this to obtain FDA approval for the OdoroxⓇ MDU/Rx machine. All of the tests had kill rates of between 4 and 5 log reductions (99.99% and 99.999%) within 2 hours: an exceptionally high (and fast) kill rate. If you want more data, we have detailed information documented by the Head of our Scientific Advisory Board on the independent microbiological laboratory testing that was performed.
Has your product been tested to be effective against the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, specifically?
No - this is not possible at this time. Only the top national labs like the CDC and NIH can get samples of the Coronavirus so soon after an outbreak like this. Commercial labs are not equipped with the biosafety measures and containment protocols needed to test these types of viruses. However, one of the viruses included in the ARE laboratory testing was the MS2 virus, which is an excellent surrogate for the Coronavirus as both are positive-sense single-stranded RNA, or (+)ssRNA viruses. Based on this, we believe that the OdoroxⓇ MDU/Rx machine will be effective against the Coronavirus.
Which OdoroxⓇ machine is the best for killing viruses and bacteria?
The OdoroxⓇ MDU/Rx machine was tested and approved by the FDA as a Class II Medical Device for use in occupied areas. We have two other OdoroxⓇ machines that are built exactly the same as that unit but they are more powerful - they are the Oasis+ and the Boss machines. Any of those OdoroxⓇ machines would be great assets to add to an infection control protocol that would also include things like spraying chemicals, wiping surfaces, and other effective disinfection methods.
How do the OdoroxⓇ machines work?
It’s incredibly easy: You just plug it in and turn it on. Our machines replicate the natural production of hydroxyl radicals to completely eliminate biological and chemical contaminants. These hydroxyls work on both the air and on surfaces while the spaces are occupied and in use. They can run 24/7, require very little labor, and leave little room for human error.
Where can these machines be used?
Our OdoroxⓇ Technology is ideal for any type of commercial building that has been or could be exposed to the Coronavirus, such as: apartment buildings, condominiums, hotels, big box retailers, universities and schools, manufacturing and industrial warehouse facilities, hospitals, churches, theaters, airports, office buildings, government establishments, and many other high traffic public facilities.
They are safe to use while the building is occupied and in use.
Where can I get the OdoroxⓇ machines?
For sales and rental information, please contact us directly and we will assist you.
Finally, it’s important to know that all of this accurate, scientific testing was done before the Coronavirus appeared - the power and abilities that our machines offer have already been proven. In response to this global health crisis, and any that may come in the future, we are available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide help for you and your clients’ critical needs.