2021 Update: We really tried to build this. It didn't take off for a number of reasons.
1. Scientific community prefers expensive/validated solutions from insiders. We pitched our solution to scientists from Stanford, Yale, etc. and none of them could grasp the viability of using a cheap humidifier and hydrogen peroxide to destroy coronavirus.
1b. Once the DOD contract with Battelle was signed to provide container based decontamination it killed any market for innovation on mask decontamination.
2. The local market service business was difficult to do because A. Super high insurace rates and B. Once everything shut down there wasn't a need for regular decontamination.
3. The business profits during this were made by the spray systems as well as the air cleaners (eg Medifyair)
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard
The coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 that has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. It is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China. As of November 13th, 2020, more than 53 million cases have been confirmed, of which 1.3 million were classified as fatal.
"Currently, the emergence of a novel human coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has become a global health concern causing severe respiratory tract infections in humans. Human-to-human transmissions have been described with incubation times between 2-10 days, facilitating its spread via droplets, contaminated hands or surfaces." Journal of Hospital Infection
"Our results indicate that aerosol and fomite transmission of HCoV-19 are plausible, as the virus can remain viable and infectious in aerosols for multiple hours and on surfaces up to days." Aerosol and surface stability of HCoV-19 (SARS-CoV-2) compared to SARS-CoV-1
"SARS-CoV-2 RNA was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted." Public Health Responses to COVID-19 Outbreaks on Cruise Ships — Worldwide, February–March 2020
"Coronavirus or endemic human coronaviruses (HCoV) can persist on inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to 9 days, but can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62–71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute. As no specific therapies are available for SARS-CoV-2, early containment and prevention of further spread will be crucial to stop the ongoing outbreak and to control this novel infectious thread." Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents
"Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product." Coronavirus Cases Trigger EPA Rapid Response
Hydrogen Peroxide (H₂O₂) has long been used as a disinfectant and is effective against viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and bacterial spores in vitro. H₂O₂ is an environmentally safe alternative to chlorine-based disinfectants, as it degrades to form oxygen and water and generally recognized by FDA as a safe antimicrobial agent. Chemically it's the same peroxide you use in your home to clean wounds just with a higher concentration.
Hydrogen peroxide works by producing destructive hydroxyl free radicals that can attack membrane lipids, DNA, and other essential cell components. The peroxide is distributed with an aerosol comprised of droplets in the micron range that allows the disinfectant to reach even the smallest of places where virus might hide. After the oxygen from the peroxide has reacted the left over material is water vapor.
Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide is registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a sterilant, which the EPA defines as "a substance that destroys or eliminates all forms of microbial life in the inanimate environment, including all forms of vegetative bacteria, bacterial spores, fungi, fungal spores, and viruses"
For more technical articles on Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide and it's use for destroying coronavirus check out our technical page at https://technical.oxyfog.com
Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide is registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a sterilant, which the EPA defines as "a substance that destroys or eliminates all forms of microbial life in the inanimate environment, including all forms of vegetative bacteria, bacterial spores, fungi, fungal spores, and viruses”.
A technical report on our open source vapor phase hydrogen peroxide decontamination device for N95 Masks is available. If you are a fellow researcher looking to collaborate please contact us.
Our objective is to help eradicate coronavirus.
It is possible to use other disinfectants depending on environment including Chlorine based products such as Clorox, VitalOxide, and others. EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19. Decontamination with disinfectants other than hydrogen peroxide may have post application safety issues.
If you are interested in more information about our decontamination systems or services please contact us directly.