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COVID-19 Virüsü için Potansiyel Oksidan Ozon

Ozone: A Potential Oxidant for COVID-19 Virus (SARS-CoV-2)
Chedly Tizaoui
College of Engineering, Swansea University, Swansea, SA1 8EN, UK

Currently, no medicine has demonstrated efficacy in treating the ongoing pandemic COVID-19
caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus. Being a potent oxidant, ozone is lethal against most bacteria and
viruses found in water, or on surfaces and aerosols. Ozone has also been successfully used to treat
several viral diseases such as Ebola and HIV Hepatitis B and C. Using molecular modeling, this study
evaluated the reactivity of ozone toward representative key molecules in the structure of SARS-CoV
-2. The results show that ozone is able to attack the proteins and lipids of the virus’s spikes and
envelope, particularly the amino acids tryptophan, methionine and cysteine, and the fatty acids,
arachidonic acid, linoleic acid, and oleic acid. Ozone also attacks the N-glycopeptides of the spike
protein subunits 1 and 2, though at lower reactivity. Disruption of the structure of SARS-CoV-2 could
inactivate the virus, suggesting that ozone could be an effective oxidant against COVID-19 virus. If
incorrectly applied, ozone is toxic and contact with the respiratory tract must be avoided. 

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