“Contagion” Touches Real Fears – Are We Prepared for an Outbreak?

Warner Bros.’ latest thriller, “Contagion,” annihilated its competition at the box office to land solidly in the coveted number-one position. The film’s success can be partially attributed to its credibility – astonishingly enough, “Contagion” is only a slight stretch from possible events.

Director Steven Soderbergh paints a believable portrait of what havoc a highly contagious and lethal virus could spread, with an emphasis on the science and ensuing societal deterioration. The film’s made-up MEV-1 virus mirrors the Nipah virus from Malaysia that could leap from animals to humans. “Contagion” also took extreme efforts to portray the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with careful detail. Actress Kate Winslet actually sat down with a CDC investigator to learn the scientist’s mannerisms, physical appearance and language.

While the film may have caused many viewers to jump anxiously at coughs and sneezes after they left the theater, most of them don’t know that a product already exists that could help play a key role against such a vicious virus. A decontamination and disinfection technology that has a 99.9999 percent microbial kill rate? It sounds straight out of Hollywood, but the bacteria-destroying product – recently featured in the American Journal of Infection Control – has been clinically proven to quickly and safely decontaminate all types of surfaces along with the air that surrounds them.

Medizone International has set a global precedent that practically defines the term “pioneering.” Medizone’s sterilization technology, called AsepticSure, wipes out nearly every pathogen from hospital and healthcare environments, including the deadly superbugs MRSA, VRE, C. difficile and E. coli. Nothing else even comes close to AsepticSure’s level of microbial eradication.

“There is no virus, to our knowledge, that could survive our protocol. If the protocol can achieve 100 percent kill with spore-forming bacteria such as C. difficile, it will definitely kill all viruses,” affirms Medizone’s President and Director of Medical Affairs Dr. Michael Shannon.

AsepticSure could significantly reduce hospital-acquired infections, which are estimated to cause more than 100,000 deaths a year. The environmentally friendly technology even kills bedbugs. Although AsepticSure would have to be used on a grand scale in high-risk areas to be effective in a global epidemic, it’s still reassuring to have such a formidable, antibacterial Goliath on our side. Too bad Gwyneth Paltrow’s character wasn’t so lucky.

To learn more about AsepticSure, visit medizoneint.com.

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