THOMASVILLE — A Thomasville business is attacking COVID-19 with an organic fog containing a chemical cocktail that destroys the novel virus within two minutes.
Bret Bush, owner of EnviroSafe of South Georgia, said there is concern about people using virus-fighting disinfecting agents that are not as effective as they are believed to be.
Bleach is popular and will kill the human coronavirus, but diluted bleach might not be as effective, Bush said.
"There are a lot of coronaviruses in existence," he said. "Corona is a specific coronavirus."
EnviroSafe, 805 North Boulevard, with a dozen employees, is set up to serve manufacturing facilities, restaurants, schools, daycares, government offices and churches, with a concentration on restrooms.
Employees walk through a location to become familiar with the layout.
"Then we put together a plan of how we would apply the disinfectant," Bush said.
The fine fog emitted to kill the virus hangs in a room, touches every object. It travels over desks, under chairs and between file cabinets.
Bush said the hospital-grade sanitizer is approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the federal Environmental Protection Agency for use in a hospital setting.
While chemicals in the fog kill bacteria and viruses within two minutes, Bush said most sanitizers require 10 minutes to be effective.
The fog does not stain, is safe for every surface and office equipment, such as computer keyboards and copy machines.
"The chemical cocktail is strong and effective, but also perfectly safe for pets and people," Bush said. "It's all organic."
The price of the service is based on square footage.
Bush said that when he introduced his product three months ago, there was no protective equipment or application equipment available to dispense the cleaning chemicals.
"It seemed that all resources were being directed to the front-line medical community as it should be during that time, but it put people like us at a disadvantage as we were trying to equip ourselves to join the fight. We felt a little helpless," he said.
Bush contacted District 173 state Rep. Darlene Taylor, a Thomasville resident, for assistance and advice.
"Within another 24 hours, her office had furnished me with websites of several sources of PPE (personal protective equipment)," Bush said.
In less than a week, Bush said, Taylor’s office provided him with a list of “all things COVID.”
"This list of suppliers was crucial in our quest to equip our technicians with all the safety and application equipment they needed during a time when it was almost impossible to obtain," Bush said.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820