Ozone kills bacteria and viruses on contact.
Ozone interferes with the metabolism of bacterium-cells, most likely through inhibiting and blocking the operation of the enzymatic control system.
A sufficient amount of ozone breaks through the cell membrane (shown above), and this leads to the destruction of the bacteria.
Unlike bacteria, viruses multiply only within the host cell. They transform protein of the host cell into proteins of their own. Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core (shown above), resulting in damage of the viral RNA.
Dr. Sarah Kalivoda
Mountain View Animal Hospital & Holistic Pet Care