COVID-19: Ozone tunnels are adopted by oil companies

Oil industry leaders are trying a new method to reduce the risk of disease spread, given the current coronavirus pandemic: inflatable tunnels that emit ozone for decontamination of people and objects. The tunnels are produced by Blimp Rio and Astech and have caught the attention of oil companies.

In the most, a simple queue of requests has already begun to be formed. The technology makes use of ozone in the fight against the new virus, and its effectiveness has already been proven by the University of São Paulo (USP). Chambers were created for faster decontamination of materials, such as masks. According to USP, ozone is an oxygen-reactive molecule and known as one of the fastest acting microbicides against bacteria and viruses.

Thus, oil multinationals have chosen to set up tunnels at airports and on platforms that reach helicopters to transport oil tankers. The intention is to reduce the risk of transporting the virus into the units. In the most, the time inside the tunnel lasts about two minutes. The procedure does not decontaminate people who are already with viruses, but contributes to no new contaminations. The least of the tunnels costs R $ 7 thousand and is 2.2 meters long, supporting up to eight people at a time.

Finally, the latest survey by the National Agency for Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuel (ANP) in the sector counted 1,445 suspected cases in the oil industry, with 625 employees contaminated, 243 of which accessed offshore stations.

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