Doesn’t look like much, does it, this machine? A sort of high-tech wheelie-bin, maybe. But every bioterrorist in the remotest desert hideout will be cursing.
Grinding their teeth that even biological weapons can be thwarted – and their fall-out mostly neutralised.
Because there they are, hoping to unleash a fast-moving airborne pathogen like weaponised anthrax or smallpox.
Dread diseases that could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year.
And this business must-have will stop their attempt dead in its tracks.
OK, it won’t STOP an attack. But press the button on this thing and it takes out ALL airborne germs in around 40 minutes – bacteria, viruses, fungi, mould.
Which includes anthrax, if you remember that US scare post- 9/11. Anthrax, bacillus anthracis, it’s a germ like any other.
So is smallpox, variola vera, another possible bioterrorist choice. Experimented with by scientists during World War II – and actually manufactured as a weapon by the old Soviet Union in Zagorsk during the 80s.
Both are pretty scary – one a bacterium, the other a virus. But both are destroyed with equal ease by this precision Hypersteriliser – in the air or on surfaces. The end of any bioterrorist threat right there.
Activating the machine mists up the whole place with ionised hydrogen peroxide – charged particles that grab at pathogens on the fly, oxidising them to oblivion. Oxygen atoms rip their cell structure apart.
All that’s left is oxygen and tiny quantities of water, which evaporate.
Oh, and an microscopic-thin film of colloidal silver on all surfaces – a barrier against further germ contamination that lasts for up to a week.
Ready for the worst
Could a bioterrorist attack really happen?
It’s increasingly likely, says Microsoft founder and world leader Bill Gates. A greater risk than a nuclear attack – and more deadly than a pandemic. Like the 1918 flu that killed 50 million people – three times the dead of World War I.
Actually stopping an attack though is near impossible. The first of the American 2001 anthrax incidents was triggered by spores released from an ordinary innocent-looking letter. Unpredictable even with the tightest security.
But neutralising the outcome is easy – as long as it happens indoors, the most likely target choice. Releasing a pathogen in open air is iffy and risks quick dissipation by wind – or even surging back and overwhelming the bioterrorist himself.
Indoors though is enclosed space. Safe from outside. Safe too from harmful pathogens because the Hypersteriliser makes sure of it. It just has to be deployed as quickly as possible – before any pathogen has a chance to spread or infect anyone.
And we have to learn how to be ready.
Already in place – to save money
Savvy organisations will already have a machine on standby – part of their regular cleaning and workplace hygiene routine. It’s not just bioterrorist attacks we have to worry about, it’s day-to-day germs as well. Like colds and flu for instance.
Sure everybody gets colds – and usually thinks nothing of it. An uncomfortable nuisance for a few days, not worth worrying about.
Unless you count the cost of wonky people trying to do their job when they’re not fully up to it. Far from skiving off from work, they’re doing more harm sitting there suffering and going through the motions.
They wouldn’t drive a car while drunk or intoxicated – but their infection impairs them more than they know. How many mistakes or oversights can they make without even realising it? And how many of their colleagues can they bring down with them, just by breathing the same air?
Illness in the workplace costs 10 times more than staff off sick, which is is why taking anti-germ action is increasingly part of any business operation.
Why pay out thousands for below-standard performance – instead of investing in health protection and realising full potential?
Add the increasing threat of bioterrorist attacks and workplace hygiene becomes a security need as well as an effective safeguard for maximising human assets.
And it’s not just anthrax or smallpox you’re taking care of. A short list of typical bio-threats can be found here, but it’s ANY germ you would be neutralising.
All of which is probably in Bill Gates’ mind when he cautions us against bioterrorist threats. Yet another reason why he is still the world’s richest man.
Protecting the workplace from germs keeps us healthy – and alive.
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