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Japan researchers say ozone effective in neutralizing coronavirus

first_imgTopics : Japanese researchers said on Wednesday that low concentrations of ozone can neutralize coronavirus particles, potentially providing a way for hospitals to disinfect examination rooms and waiting areas.Scientists at Fujita Health University told a news conference they had proven that ozone gas in concentrations of 0.05 to 0.1 parts per million (ppm), levels considered harmless to humans, could kill the virus.The experiment used an ozone generator in a sealed chamber with a sample of coronavirus. The potency of the virus declined by more than 90% when subjected to low level ozone for 10 hours. “Transmission of the novel coronavirus may be reduced by continuous, low-concentration ozone treatment, even in environments where people are present, using this kind of system,” said lead researcher Takayuki Murata.”We found it to be particularly effective in high-humidity conditions.”Ozone, a type of oxygen molecule, is known to inactivate many pathogens, and previously experiments have shown that high concentrations, between 1-6 ppm, were effective against the coronavirus but potentially toxic to humans.A recent study at the Georgia Institute of Technology showed that ozone may be effective in disinfecting gowns, goggles and other medical protective equipment.center_img Fujita Medical University Hospital, in Aichi prefecture central Japan, has installed ozone generators to reduce infection in waiting areas and patient rooms.The university has also performed a clinical trial of Fujifilm Holdings Corp’s Avigan drug on COVID-19 patients.last_img read more

Senate-passed bill on ‘unborn persons’ now cleared for House committee consideration

first_imgDES MOINES — A Senate-passed bill that’s now part of the abortion debate is now eligible for debate in a House committee.The bill would establish a life prison sentence for someone convicted of intentionally or accidentally causing the termination of “an unborn person” against the mother’s wishes. Chuck Hurley, legal counsel for The Family Leader, today urged House members to pass the bill.“We’ve heard opponents say they know this is not an abortion bill…We also know the abortion issue’s not going to go away and the battle comes down to: ‘What is a child, what is an unborn person?’” Hurley asked rhetorically during a House subcommittee hearing. “And so you’re going as far as you can go here.”Daniel Zeno, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, said the proposal technically does not apply to abortion, but the bill’s senate manager indicated that’s the ultimate goal.“Yes, it’s a small step, but this is a step in a much longer process of getting personhood and banning abortions,” Zeno said.Connie Ryan of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa said the intent behind the bill is clear.“I know that Iowans are not foolish enough on this day or any other day to not understand that this is fully about abortion,” Ryan said.After a subcommittee meeting early this afternoon, a Democrat voted against the bill and two Republicans, including Representative Steven Holt of Denison, voted for it.“This discussion, I believe, lays bare the untenable position of those who refuse to acknowledge that the entity growing inside a pregnant woman is a human life, a human being, an unborn person,” Holt said.The bill is now eligible for debate in the House Judiciary Committee later this week.last_img read more