It is not currently feasible to test Airora technology against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Airora's patented technology creates a 'Hydroxyl Cascade' which is known to destroy all human pathogens, both viruses and bacteria. Our technology has been demonstrated in multiple leading independent testing facilities to quickly, efficiently and safely destroy human pathogens, both viruses and bacteria, in the air and on surfaces.
Hydroxyl Radicals, often called 'nature's detergent', are lethal to both pathogenic viruses and bacteria (gram –ve & +ve), for example MRSA, C. difficile, Salmonella, Norovirus, cold and flu viruses, and coronaviruses. NASA even deployed hydroxyl air purification against Anthrax.
As well as destroying airborne pathogens, hydroxyl radicals strip them, layer by layer, from smooth exposed surfaces.
Hydroxyls kill bacteria, viruses and mould spores by reacting with the lipids and proteins in their thin, delicate cell wall causing lysis (breaking down of cell membranes). Pathogenic viruses suffer from oxidation of cell surface structures, losing their receptors and thus being rendered inactive.
Airora's technology was tested for efficacy against pathogens by the UK Government’s Health Protection Agency at Porton Down, where it was demonstrated to kill 99.9999% of MS2 Coliphage (a test surrogate for pathogenic respiratory viruses) in an 18-cubic-metre testing chamber in less than 5 minutes. MS2 is in fact 7 to 10 times more resistant to denaturation than a coronavirus. Like coronaviruses, it is a positive sense single-stranded RNA virus.
Other safety and efficacy tests have been successfully performed in labs as well as real world settings (a coffee shop, care home, and cinema), by institutions such as the UK Building Research Establishment (BRE), the University of Ottowa, and the FDA Laboratory in Rochester, NY.
For detailed testing data, read our whitepaper on the Testing and Verification of Airora’s Patented Technology.
To learn more about how Airora destroys different types of pollution, including viruses, read our whitepaper The Chemistry of Hydroxyl Radical Air Cleaning.
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Dr Wyatt blogs on his lifetime's experience of Indoor Air Quality Issues.