A Delaware company is sending 150 disinfectant machines to China to help their health care facilities battle coronavirus.
The virus has killed 910 people thus far, including one U.S. citizen, and left tens of thousands infected in China and countries around the world, including the United States.
New Castle-based Halosil International is filling an order for 150 of its disinfectant units to go to China.
That’s as many as they usually sell in a year, said Maryalice StClair, vice president of business development and co-owner of the company.
“It’s shame that this is happening, but quite frankly we have the tools to contain it, and we are getting them there very, very rapidly,” StClair said.
StClair said the units will be used in new hospitals that China builds to treat those infected, as well as in other facilities.
Halosil has been sending the order in small shipments as more units are manufactured and its special disinfectant solution is created.
The disinfectant units, called fog machines, are about the size of a golf bag. A special blend of hydrogen peroxide and a silver solution make up the liquid disinfectant that is poured into the fog machine and sprayed in a mist in a sealed-off room.
Disinfecting this way kills all pathogens on surfaces and inside of any room treated, Halosil says.
Coronavirus is easily transmissible from human to human by surface or air contact. It can be spread by coughing or sneezing or through mucus.
“This is going to go on until this is contained,” StClair said. “All these new hospitals are saying we’ve got to do something to disinfect this.”
StClair said the manufacturing leg of Halosil, which is in a warehouse in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, has added an additional shift to the day to fill the order. The disinfectant solution is made in Houston, and it is bottled in South Carolina.
A hospital operating room gets disinfected by the Halosil fogger machine.
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The silver solution that gets blended into the mix is made in Delaware, she said.
Locally, Beebe Healthcare in Lewes is a customer of the Halosil units. The company does not sell its units to consumers.
StClair said that after the China order, her company got orders from other countries in Asian, including South Korea and the Philippines. They will be shipped soon.
Halosil normally delivers large international orders via ship but had to send these units via plane recently.
Cancelled flights and rerouting of goods being shipped has slowed the delivery and added costs, but the company believes every order can be filled.
Source: IRA PORTER | DELAWARE NEWS JOURNAL