Are Oxygen and Ozone Therapies effective against COVID-19?

Are Oxygen and Ozone Therapies effective against COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that primarily attacks the respiratory system in a similar way as other coronavirus illnesses like SARS, MERS, or even the common cold do.

The disease may take a mild course with few or no symptoms, resembling other common upper respiratory diseases such as the common cold. Mild cases typically recover within two weeks, while those with severe or critical diseases may take three to six weeks to recover. Among those who have died, the time from symptom onset to death has ranged from two to eight weeks.

Children are susceptible to the disease, but are likely to have milder symptoms and a much lower chance of severe disease than adults. Under 50 years old the risk of death is less than 0.5%, while in those older than 70 it is over 8%. Pregnant women may be at higher risk for severe infection with COVID-19 based on data from other similar viruses, like SARS and MERS, although statistical data for COVID-19 is still lacking.

COVID-19 may affect the lungs in some patients causing viral pneumonia. In those most severely affected, COVID-19 may rapidly progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) causing respiratory failure, septic shock, or multi-organ failure.

Oxygen Therapy

​Oxygen Therapy including Normobaric and Hyperbaric Oxygen target the internal cellular metabolism (cytokine storm syndrome). Oxygen Therapies are effective in treating both the primary infection but also the cascading secondary challenges associated with the coronavirus immune response.

According to Dr. Paul Harch:

“In the midst of the corona virus epidemic/pandemic it bears remembering the application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to the last major pandemic that impacted the United States in 1918, the Spanish Flu Pandemic. Death was primarily by pulmonary infection and its attendant hypoxemia and respiratory failure. The first application of hyperbaric medicine to a Spanish Flu victim was likely also the first application to a human being in the United States. In 1918 Dr. Orval Cunningham of Kansas City was brought a dying friend of a fellow physician. The patient was moribund and blue. Before Cunningham could perform his planned animal experiments he was asked to treat this dying patient. With just a one-hour treatment with compressed air at 1.68 atmospheres absolute the patient experienced improvement. Combined with additional hyperbaric treatments over the next 3 days this patient’s life was saved. Others followed.

Today’s corona virus’ mortality is due to pulmonary infection and respiratory failure. While there are differences between the Spanish Flu and corona virus the primary pathology is in the lungs, the first organ of contact with hyperbaric therapy beyond the skin. The ability of hyperbaric oxygen to penetrate inflammatory pulmonary secretions allows adequate oxygen to reach the blood while inhibiting the inflammatory process. Applied correctly, hyperbaric therapy may have utility in corona virus patients similar to its life-saving history with the Spanish Flu.”

You can read the whole article on Harch Hyperbarics Inc website

Ozone Therapy

Some viruses are airborne, and most viruses tend to stick to surfaces such door handles or even utensils. Most viruses can be killed, or de-activated, by disinfectants and ozone happens to be the strongest disinfectant there is.

Ozone is 3,000 times faster and 50% more powerful than chlorine, it kills salmonella, e. coli, listeria, norovirus, and more, without leaving any chemical residue.

Disinfection of air as well as hard-to-reach surfaces by ozone is pretty straightforward and smooth. Ozone, which is already gaseous at ambient conditions, will simply mix with the ambient air, or it can be injected into the supply air stream and from there easily distributed to anywhere is needed.

During the SARS epidemic of 2003, ozone sterilization was successfully used to purify environments infected with the deadly Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-1, the virus which causes the SARS disease. As SARS-Cov-1 is also a member of the Coronavirus family, it is highly likely that ozone sterilization would be effective at killing SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease.

Viruses, unlike bacteria, multiply only within the host cell. Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core, resulting in damage of the viral RNA. At higher concentrations, ozone destroys the capsid or exterior protein shell by oxidation. Once the lipid envelope of the virus is fragmented, its DNA or RNA core cannot survive.

Although Ozone can help fight and sterilize coronavirus infected environments, residual Ozone could also cause respiratory issues for people who breathe it in. To stop this from happening it is important to use an Ozone Monitoring System that follows the guidelines set by OSHA (Occupation Safely and Health Administration).

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