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On 23 July, the Report drawn up by the Working Group established between the Higher Institute of Health and INAIL focused on the “professional use of ozone also in reference to COVID-19” was published.

The study follows, not only chronologically, the previous Report drawn up by the ISS Biocides Working Group published last May 15 (during the “first wave of COVID-19”) which dictated the “Interim Recommendations on the sanitation of non-health facilities in the current COVID-19 emergency: surfaces, interiors and clothing “.

In particular, the ISS warned that the evaluation of ozone as a “biocide” was underway, generated in situ from oxygen and that in any case “in the guidelines for the disinfection and sterilization of health facilities, the CDC inserts the ozone among the methods for the sterilization of medical devices “. The study stated that pending regulation at European level, “ozone can be considered a” sanitizer “, specifying that its use” is currently permitted internationally in the food sector, for surface sanitation and sanitation. drinking water “. In stressing the danger of indiscriminate use of ozone for disinfection and sanitizing purposes, the ISS warned of its danger, warning that “ozone generators must comply with the low voltage directives (Directive 2014/35 / EC ), electromagnetic compatibility (Directive 2014/30 / EC) and Directive 2011/65 / EC (RoHS) on the restriction of hazardous substances. Ozone is an unstable gas and spontaneously decays to oxygen “.

The assessment phase involved the creation of a Working Group between ISS and INAIL which led, after two months, to the publication of the Report focused on the professional use of ozone, detailing the scope of use of the ‘ozone. The report at the end of July concludes by recognizing that “the application of ozone for sanitation can be useful in various environmental contexts.” Clearly, “in relation to its dangerous properties and associated risks, ozone generators must be used after appropriate risk assessment, adopting adequate organizational measures in order to carry out the sanitation process in total safety.” Domestic use of ozone is not recommended and, above all, entrusting the treatment to non-professional operators. Once again, the Working Group hopes for the intervention of the European legislator, stating however that “effective disinfectant action against SARS-CoV-2 is fully plausible” and at the same time the need to define “protocols for effective” sanitization ” and safe of environments / surfaces, in order to be able to evaluate essential parameters such as concentration and contact time.

To summarize, we can conclude that ozone is the most effective solution currently available for the sanitation of environments and their complete and disinfection. Clearly, in consideration of its potential danger, the use of ozone must be left in the hands of professional operators able to calibrate the treatment to individual environmental situations (whether it is a public means of transport or an office). In other words, an ozone generator can be used as an air conditioner that turns on and off at will. Like an air conditioner, however, it can be properly programmed. Due to its dangerousness it could be the comparison with a stove, whose misuse (read: fumes that are released in a closed environment) causes victims every year.

As for the desired European regulation, skepticism is a must. Given the current benefits in terms of prevention and the potential (indeed probable) therapeutic effects of ozone indicated by the ISS, it is unlikely that at a community level – let alone international – we will soon arrive at a unitary regulation of ozone treatment and even less to define internationally recognized usage protocols. The economic interests underlying the vaccine experimentation suggest that the use of ozone will remain confined to a “Carbonaro” environment as it has been until today. The implications that the vaccine race has unleashed are in fact not confined to the interests of the pharmaceutical multinationals, but affect the sphere of political equilibrium at the local and international level. The ISS does not say this, because we already read, hear, see and live it every day on our skin.

Unlike the vaccine, however, which will “cure” the “only” COVID-19, an adequate “fully operational” ozone treatment will constitute an irreplaceable safeguard in the prevention of all other diseases and infections carried (induced or caused) by viruses and bacteria.

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