Virus Explodes

Startup is a little misty, and very serious, about COVID


A common antiseptic applied to scrapes and burns swirls inside a new, food-safe disinfecting spray that, according to one Long Island startup, is virtually 100 percent effective against COVID-19.

startup is a little misty and very serious about covidMeet AVAST (“for antiviral aerosolized sterilization technology”), the first anti-viral product by the fresh-out-of-the-oven Wela Group, a Huntington-based, R&D-focused enterprise applying new science and technologies to innovative sterilization systems.

Developed directly “in response to the coronavirus pandemic,” AVAST combines hydrogen peroxide and ozone in a dry mist that is “more than 99.98 percent effective” against COVID-19, the company said in a statement.

Those numbers come from independent third-party laboratory verification – Wela Group cited studies performed at Assured Bio Labs, an accredited laboratory for testing mold, bacteria and coliforms operating a stone’s throw from Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Barbara Dutton-Weingarten

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According to the tests, the dry mist eliminates viruses on virtually all surfaces it contacts, including coronaviruses and recurring villains like H1N1, SARS and E. coli. – It’s completely food-safe – hydrogen peroxide is a common mouthwash and ozone, while harmful to the lungs in concentrated doses, is a common air cleaner – and dissipates in about 20 minutes, leaving no active chemical traces.

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc around the globe, the goal was to quickly merge established formulas and delivery systems into a ready antiviral weapon, according to Wela Group cofounder Barbara Dutton-Weingarten, who launched the LLC in May 2020 alongside serial entrepreneur Eric Holohan.

The partners are no stranger to innovative startups: Holohan and Dutton-Weingarten have given a global reach to 2018 startup Green Framework, a Huntington-based distributor of new technologies promoting maritime-industry efficiencies.

With AVAST, the Wela Group will target decidedly landlocked industries including education, hospitality, restaurants and virtually every kind of waiting room in existence.

Dutton-Weingarten said AVAST – which has already been trademarked and built into a set-and-forget disinfecting system with a retail price of $3,000 – came together so quickly in response to the dire needs created by the COVID pandemic.

“The idea was to find the most effective combination of proven methods and produce a complete knockout product that destroys the virus, but leaves no toxic substances or residue, thereby eliminating any additional risk of illness due to reactions from chemical cleaners,” the co-founder said. “The solution was to combine hydrogen peroxide, a non-toxic oxidizer, with ozone.”


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