Looking for coronavirus solutions? Copper is a well-known metal that we have in all our homes and businesses. Typically, we think of copper carrying our drinking water in the pipes and electricity through the wires in the walls, but it can be so much more valuable on the high touch areas of our lives due to it’s amazing super-bug killing properties, and studies have shown that it can kill Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. It’s the best, most durable and effective antimicrobial door hardware solution. See below for some FAQ’s.
How does copper kill germs?
When microbes land on the surface, ions (electrically charged particles) are released that prevent the bacteria from breathing, punch holes in the bacterial or viral membrane and destroy the DNA or RNA inside.
Can germs develop a resistance to copper?
No because the DNA or RNA inside is destroyed and the microbe can’t reproduce so no mutation can occur.
How long can germs live on copper?
Copper begins killing on contact, with studies showing results in as little as 3-5 minutes, but the EPA antimicrobial registration states that it kills 99.9% of bacteria in up to two hours.
Do I still have to clean the copper surface?
Yes, studies show that copper is most effective when used with routine cleaning.
Why don’t I see copper everywhere in my doctor’s office or hospitals?
That’s a great question that is getting asked more and more. The main reason lack of awareness, and lack of companies producing the associated products.
Isn’t stainless steel good enough?
Stainless steel is great, but only clean when cleaned. It does not actively kill microbes.
Do I still need to clean copper surfaces?
The EPA has registered pure copper as an antimicrobial material that kills 99.9% of bacteria within two hours. The use of a copper alloy surface is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. Copper alloy surface materials have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but they do not necessarily prevent cross-contamination.
What about silver? Isn’t that anti-microbial as well?
Yes, but only when warm and wet. Gross. (The EPA agrees and silver may not be presented as antimicrobial)
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