TORONTO — Magna Global Inc. claims it’s completely ready to make a merchandise that could be made use of in hospitals to disinfect masks and other private protective machines that are in small provide amid the world outbreak of COVID-19.

But 1st, the Canadian-centered world automotive provider claims it wants to obtain a specialised “Level 3” lab that is eager to take a look at the product to ensure it will work towards the unique novel coronavirus that results in the probably fatal respiratory condition.

“We feel we can genuinely help save life. We’ve just got to get this screening completed,” Scott Mitchell, Magna’s world director, new engineering and innovation, informed Automotive Information Canada

The problem is acquiring a laboratory eager and in a position to take on the endeavor, mentioned John O’Hara, president, Magna Mechatronics, mirrors and lighting. 

“They’re all completely swamped screening other matters to do with COVID-19,” Mitchell mentioned.

“The hospitals aren’t going to take any chances,” O’Hara added.

According to Sector Canada “containment Level 3 labs have added protection and protection actions due to the fact they incorporate more infectious pathogens like anthrax, tuberculosis and West Nile virus.” 

Magna’s product, known as the Puro, has been in enhancement for about 5 years. It’s around the dimension of a picnic cooler and relies on ozone gas to disinfect and deodorize anything that is not conveniently laundered. 

Originally intended as a professional and shopper merchandise, it could be made use of to cleanse almost everything from kids’ toys to restaurant menus and resort space Tv controllers, the firm mentioned.

Ozone gas is a confirmed engineering currently made use of by experienced athletics groups to disinfect their machines, the firm mentioned. It’s also been shown to be helpful towards MRSA, a form of antibiotic-resistant germs, and towards H1N1, a new virus that emerged in 2009, dubbed the swine flu.

Now, Magna is hoping it can help combat the struggle towards the COVID-19. 

The common medical center goes by means of 5,000 protective encounter masks a day, mentioned Mitchell, introducing a one Puro could disinfect up to 50 masks just about every thirty minutes. 

The Puro is 1 of 5 tasks at present in enhancement that leverage Magna’s expertise outside the house its main automotive components business enterprise, O’Hara mentioned. 

Canadian vehicle suppliers can now faucet into a C$50 million ($35 million USD) governing administration fund if they select to retool to deliver health care machines desperately required to combat the distribute of the novel coronavirus.