We often correlate copper and its health benefits with anatomical and physiological pain management issues here at Copper Town USA, but let's not overlook the fact that copper and its alloys are the best antimicrobial precious metal out there, even better than gold and silver!
Copper has been recorded as an antimicrobial since ancient times when Egyptian and Babylonian soldiers would put the copper filaments from sharpening their swords into their battle wounds to prevent infection.
Copper is naturally able to kill bacteria, yeasts, and viruses. The process of killing microbes begins immediately when the virus, yeast, or bacteria makes contact with copper, an electrically charged release of copper ions occurs. These electrically charged ions are what make copper the superior precious metal microbe killer. These ions damage the microbes in multiple ways, through disruption of bacterial cell membranes that ultimately destroy the RNA and DNA, through generating respiratory stress on bacterial cells and creates hydrogen peroxide that can kill the cells, and it also interferes with proteins that operate important functions that keep bacterial cells alive. Because the microbes become completely destroyed, there is no copper resistant superbug because they are never able to share DNA, reproduce, and strengthen. Keep in mind, the microbe must make actual contact with copper, otherwise known as "contact killing." The destruction of microbes begins immediately and studies have found that 99.9% of MRSA, E. Coli, C. Diff, Flu, Norovirus, and fungi are eliminated within 4 hours, compared to days to weeks for plastic and stainless steel surfaces.
Published research by the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that copper kills COVID-19 within 4 hours, as opposed to about 72 hours on plastic and steel.
Nosocomial Infection or Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) is a common phenomenon in hospitals. An HAI is basically when someone without any infection goes to the hospital for another reason such as a broken arm and then acquires an infection. In American hospitals alone, the CDC estimates that HAIs account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year. These infections are the 4th biggest killer of Americans. These complications are harming people who are already compromised and costing the hospitals and healthcare facilities time and money
As a healthcare worker, I think hospitals and skilled nursing facilities should use copper-based material for frequently touch areas like doorknobs and sink handles, as well as the stair, hallway, and bed rails. Stainless steel looks great when it is freshly wiped down and sanitized, but I would rather have a surface that is killing germs 24/7.
As a human, I think all public places such as schools, airports, arenas, buses, etc. should incorporate copper into the areas that hands will touch the most. Put copper back in money too!
As someone who appreciates a little luxury in life and likes to set the bar high, I think that automobile and plane seats, mattresses, bed linen, and blankets should have copper infused in them too!
And don't even get me started with public bathrooms. They should also make bathrooms more accessible in such a way where nothing needs to be touched after hands are washed, but that's a story for another day!
Lastly, I will share a link to this cool new copper item we have for sale.
Click the picture to purchase your Copper No-Touch Key to help you fight your battle against COVID-19.
Stay safe everyone!