Publication date: Jul 14, 2023
The COVID-19 Pandemic has heightened awareness of the need for novel surface disinfectants and hand-hygiene modalities. Ozone gas is an effective surface disinfectant, but toxicity limits its use in human applications. Ozonated water is a safer means to use ozone for disinfection, especially for human antisepsis. However, there are little data available regarding the effectiveness of ozonated water in eliminating severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). This study utilizes a novel hand hygiene device that produces a stable ozone concentration of 0. 5 +/- 0. 1 ppm in water and applies it using a proprietary spray that controls droplet size, velocity, and direction. The Device was used to apply ozonated water to a known quantity of SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant viral particles on a non-porous surface (glass) for seven seconds. Post-exposure growth was compared to the unexposed matched control utilizing the Spearman-Karber method. Compared to control, ozonated water decreased SARS-CoV-2 viral growth by a mean log10 reduction of 4. 33, or > 99. 99% reduction. These results suggest that the ozonated water, when applied by a spray hand hygiene device, is highly effective at surface disinfection of SARS-CoV-2.