Copper’s Halo Never Slips

Copper’s Halo Never Slips

Our Science Page has two excellent articles on the ‘Halo Effect’ of copper which I really hope you’ll read. Two should have been sufficient to convince even the most ardent sceptic, but if you’re anything like me you’ll always believe that more is better. So, with that in mind, I decided to search the Internet to see what other articles I could find on said ‘halo effect’.

What a journey of discovery that was.  I found that there are saintly halos of gold, devilish ones of black, and even a blue one that attracts bees.

There’s also a hit song by Beyoncé called Halo, as well as a hugely popular video game of the same name, none of which had anything to do with what I was after.

So, on with the search – and Bingo! Up pops ‘halo effect’ – such a satisfying feeling of success, until I read the definition – “The phenomenon whereby we assume that because people are good at doing “A” they will be good at doing “B”. For a moment I thought this won’t do.  Then I gave it a bit more thought.  Yes, some people might not necessarily be good at “B”:, even though excelling at “A”, but copper definitely excels at both.

What is the “A” that copper is good at?

It’s ability to rapidly and permanently kill bacteria, viruses and fungi in a manner that will prevent them from ever becoming resistant.  This ‘killing’ ability is never lost, no matter how often the process is repeated.

Professor Bill Keevil (and his colleagues) from The University of Southampton in the U.K. have championed this fact from as far back as the year 2000 . . . . a full 20 years before the Covid-19 pandemic.  He’s been very successful in persuading many hospitals worldwide to put copper on every touch surface possible, thereby reducing hospital acquired infections by 58% and more, and it reduces the bio-burden of surfaces by 83%.

Recent research (March 2020) by Virologist Neeltjie van Doremalen and her team at the Natural Institute of Health in Montana, U.S.A. confirmed that SARS-CoV-2 ceases to exist on copper after 4 hours.  This paper was submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine on March 17th 2020 to be exact.

So, even though copper’s intrinsic antimicrobial properties have been proven time and time again, it’s ‘halo effect’ had escaped researchers’ attention.

What is the “B” that copper is also good at?

It’s the ability to imbue its non-copper surroundings with the same capabilities that it itself has, in other words, the halo effect. This halo effect is up to a 50cm radius, which is more or less an arm’s length.

The first time this was discovered was at a pilot study conducted in 2010 at an Infectious Disease Outpatient practice in the U.S.A.  The results showed a 90% reduction in contamination on copper surfaces, and a 70% reduction on adjacent non-copper surfaces.

The results were duplicated three years later at the Aghia Sofia Children’s Hospital in Greece.  The hospital’s director, Emanouil Papasavas, had this to say: “Antimicrobial copper installations, and this scientific proof of their ‘halo effect’, are exciting innovations for healthcare practise worldwide.”

We know without a doubt that copper has antimicrobial properties.  We also know the mechanisms of how it achieves this.  In addition, we also know from the evidence above that copper has a halo effect which is the ability to positively affect its surroundings, imbuing them with the same capabilities.  What we don’t know is how exactly this halo effect happens.

If Doctors and Scientists worldwide can see the value of covering every touch surface possible with copper, shouldn’t we also do the same?

So why don’t you take advantage of this unique benefit and put our copper products on your phone, your keys, your bag, and anything else you can think of!