“Have you ever experienced severe diarrhea or vomiting? If you have, it’s likely you had norovirus. If you haven’t, chances are you will sometime in your life. Norovirus is a very contagious virus that anyone can get from contaminated food or surfaces, or from an infected person. It is the most common cause of diarrhea and vomiting (also known as gastroenteritis) and is often referred to as food poisoning or stomach flu. In the United States, a person is likely to get norovirus about 5 times during their life.” ~ CDC
The Norovirus is known to be one of the more difficult strains to combat. The good news is that the ZONO Cabinet has been validated as a solution to help fight it!
“The UGA testing followed the confirmatory virucidal effectiveness test and was found to kill 99.99% of noroviruses, which is a disinfecting level for viruses.”
Why did ZONO test for Noroviruses with UGA?Norovirus approved!
Noroviruses are known to be among the most difficult viruses to kill. The ZONO was accepted for testing under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Cannon. The UGA Center for Food safety partners with industry to minimize the risk of pathogenic microorganisms and their toxins through detection and elimination. The UGA testing followed the confirmatory virucidal effectiveness test and was found to kill 99.99% of noroviruses, which is a disinfecting level for viruses. The study that Dr. Cannon performed was published in a peer review journal entitled: Ozone: Science and Engineering (May –June 2013).
22% decline in absenteeism rate…
“Braun said the ZONO installation has had a big impact on student sick days. Recent attendance numbers, she said, indicate the school’s absenteeism rate has declined by 22 percent since last fall.” Debra Braun, Owner – Goddard School
#72 in “The 77 Best Strategies To Grow Your Early Childhood Program” by Kris Murray!#72 in “The 77 Best Strategies To Grow Your Early Childhood Program” by Kris Murray!“Today, many of my Child Care Success Academy members have a ZONO in their schools. It’s a massive competitive advantage for schools, because you can alleviate parents’ fears about germs and illness.”– Kris Murray
Got Lice? Get Zono!
What is the Heat Option for killing lice?
HEAT has been used as a way to kill lice and other insects for years. The ZONO keeps items inside the ZONO cabinet at temperatures above 130 degrees for one hour. This ensures that insects at all stages (including eggs) of development are killed. The heat cycle on the ZONO is 90 minutes.
Here’s a great way to promote your ZONO!
Include this flyer in your tour information packets. Make sure to point out the flyer as you show them the ZONO and discuss how it keeps their children safe and protects their families from exposure to flu and other viruses.
Most schools have a room schedule for the ZONO. Each room has specific days and times with the infant room getting the ZONO daily if not twice a day.
Many schools have a separate schedule/day for “soft” items that are not sanitized daily but they want to make sure to have a sanitizing routine for those items.
Place a toy basket in each room and place contaminated items in the toy basket. Have the baskets collected and replace with empty basket – ZONO the toy rack including the basket. Do not store toys in containers that have not been ZONOED
If an infectious disease is identified in a specific room (i.e. infant with FHM) then make sanitizing items in that room a priority over the normal schedule
Some schools have a “ZONO Parent Day” and they allow parents to leave things like car seats to get sanitized.Creating a Schedule
One of nature’s most powerful oxidizers (second only to elemental fluorine), ozone has been used as a powerful organic sanitizer since the early 1900s. Ozone is widely used for water treatment, including disinfection of municipal water supplies, swimming pools, spas, cooling towers, and sewage treatment plants. Today, nearly all bottled water is treated with ozone. The United States Department of Agriculture accepted ozone as safe and suitable for use in the production of meat and poultry products in 2000 (Final Ruling), and the United States Food and Drug Administration approved ozone as an antimicrobial agent for food in 2001. Ozone is recognized as an efficient sanitizing agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
Introduction to Ozone
- Ozone is a gas made of just one thing: oxygen.
- Unlike harsh liquid sanitizers, ozone gas penetrates into padding and fabric where spray sanitizers cannot go.
- Unlike other sanitizers, such as chlorine bleach, ozone gas does not damage or impact the integrity of the fabric or padding.
- Ozone gas can sanitize fabrics and items that are non-washable.
- Ozone eliminates the use of hot water.
- Ozone is very inexpensive to produce.
- Ozone substantially reduces offensive odors, which are likely the result of decomposition of the bacteria and viruses.
- Ozone will not damage, discolor, or decrease the life of paper, wood, metal or glass items and most plastics.
What makes the ZONO better?
- Reaches crevices that sprays cannot
- Leaves no harmful residue
- Requires no wiping or rinsing
- Costs less than three cents per cycle to operate
- Uses less than one-half ounce of water per cycle
- Requires no attention from staff during the sanitizing cycle
- Items can be used immediately after a sanitizing cycle
Is it flu or Ebola?
Although flu and Ebola have some similar symptoms, Ebola is rare disease, particularly in the United States. Flu is very common. Every year in the United States, millions of people are infected with flu, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and tens of thousands die from flu. Unless you have had direct contact with someone who is sick with Ebola, your symptoms are most likely caused by flu and you do not have Ebola. http://1.usa.gov/1nQQLkE
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