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US (MA): Agrify to help in the fight against Coronavirus

Agrify is making its antimicrobial products, normally used to mitigate environmental threats to cannabis crops, available to the public as critically needed sanitization weapons in the fight against COVID-19.

"Bluezone and Enozo are two antimicrobial products Agrify typically sells to cannabis cultivators," the team with the company explains.  "Bluezone technology kills or converts airborne contaminants by drawing air into a self-contained reaction chamber and killing contaminants with ultraviolet-enhanced oxidation. To achieve maximum kill-rate, Bluezone® attacks various airborne contaminants in different ways. Some airborne contaminants, such as ethylene, are converted into H2O and CO2 via an oxidation process. Other airborne contaminants, such as fungus-like powdery mildew or botrytis, are killed instantly with Bluezone®’s self-contained ultraviolet light."

"While Bluezone combats airborne pathogens, Enozo is used for surface sanitization. The EnozoPRO spray bottle (SB100) offers a simple, water-based alternative to traditional cleaners, deodorizers and sanitizers. Using revolutionary technology, EnozoPRO kills 99.9% of bacteria in only 30 seconds. Inside the spray bottle is a state of-the-art electrolytic cell that turns normal tap water into aqueous ozone (AO) – nature’s most powerful sanitizer. Enozo can be refilled with tap water up to 5,000 times, resulting in less waste but also leaving more room in the supply chain."

Until now, Agrify’s main objective has been to sell these products as critical solutions for mitigating environmental threats such as powdery mildew, botrytis and mold in cannabis cultivations. But like companies such as Dyson, Carhartt and GE, Agrify understands that any applicable resources need to go toward helping keep people safe and healthy during this time of global crisis.

Raymond Nobu Chang, CEO of Agrify, shared the moment when he first recognized the need for Agrify products outside of a cultivation site.

“Agrify takes our employees’ health and safety seriously. We had Enozo bottles and a Bluezone unit running in our office from the moment we got word of the virus," Chang said.

Chang shared that Bluezone® units are currently being certified for kill rates of human coronavirus and influenza virus (H1N1) in a test being performed by Airmid Healthgroup, a leading virology testing laboratory. Third-party testing reports and safety certifications, however, have already provided evidence of the effectiveness of these products against airborne pathogens. Reducing the number of airborne contaminants within a facility can drastically mitigate risk to employee and customer health.

BluezonemProducts Senior Product Manager Michael Carbone explains how Bluezone® works and why existing reports offer confidence in the unit’s ability to combat the novel coronavirus:

“Research is suggesting that human coronavirus may be transmitted via airborne aerosols. A field study performed by Coleman & Sigler explains that viruses can remain in the air for up to 30 hours, stressing the importance of continuous air cleaning to help prevent the spread of viruses. Bluezone is already proven to kill certain mold and bacteria that require a higher UV dosage than airborne viruses, so we expect positive results. Air cleaning is often overlooked but easily addressed using proven, quality air cleaners such as Bluezone.”

Third-party lab reports show that Bluezone kills what are considered to be “hard-to-kill bacteria” at a 99.9% pass; thus, it is expected that Bluezone® will achieve a near-100% kill rate of influenza (H1N1) and coronavirus.

Critical-care facilities are already deploying Bluezone® and Enozo as part of their efforts to protect staff and patients against coronavirus. Recently, staff at Middleton Family Medicine, in Middleton, Massachusetts, affiliated with Lahey Clinic Medical Center, installed a Bluezone® unit in their waiting room to help prevent the spread of viruses.  Middleton Family Medicine released a statement saying:

“In a continued effort to keep our patients and staff safe, we have installed a Bluezone® Air Purifier in the office. This is a U.S. military-developed technology that is currently being certified to kill coronavirus and influenza, with promising data coming out of Europe. We are committed to the health and safety of our patients and our community.”

“While air quality and environmental control are critical parts of a profitable indoor cannabis grow, they are also the most critical factors in keeping essential businesses open and our employees and customers safe. Bluezone and Enozo have never been more essential than they are right now,” Chang said. “When we get back to the office, I will continue to run Bluezone® and spray our desks with Enozo throughout this season and beyond.”

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