The community spread of coronavirus led state officials to close temporarily “non-essential” businesses. Gyms were included in that big group and we were forced closed for about four months. During that time we asked the technician that maintains our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, “Are there any air purifiers that can kill this virus?”

He recommended the REME HALO, by RGF Environmental Group. We had to wait a few months because there was a great demand for the product. We purchased them and had them installed in July.

That was our good fortune because the REME HALO kills up to 99.9% of the human coronavirus present in a room.

Testing our air purifiers

At that time, the REME HALO was already proven effective against contaminants such as H1N1, SARS, C-Diff, and MRSA. RGF needed to know if the REME HALO was also effective against SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19.

Before looking for a laboratory to test the REME HALO, RFG developed three requirements that a lab would have to meet; it would have to:

  • Have a large test chamber that represented real-world conditions.
  • Have access to the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus; not a surrogate or something similar to the virus.
  • Test the virus in aerosolized form as well as on surfaces.

Innovative Bioanalysis Laboratories in Cypress, California, met all of the requirements because they had:

  • A 1280 cubic foot testing chamber,
  • Access to the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus (a rarity for labs in the U.S.), and
  • The technology to nebulize SARS-CoV-2 and to inoculate it into a surface.
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The test results are in!

When the results came back they revealed that the REME HALO had reduced 99.5% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 and that it reduced 99.9% of the virus that was placed on surfaces.

The killing started on contact and the virus was virtually untraceable by the time the chemical reactions reached equilibrium, just minutes later.

The Training Station’s clean-air program

The Training Station Gym has three REME HALO air purifiers installed in our ventilation system. The system also includes a device that continuously brings in outside-air, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year. All of the gym’s air flows through filters that are proven to capture particles that can carry viruses. We keep the air moving: all of it is filtered every nine minutes. Finally, we strictly enforce the use of masks (and have what we think is the most breathable mask for exercise ).  

Click here to learn more about our purified air and the rest of our safety plan.