The Science Behind Copper

Modern science has only now caught up with what the Mesopotamians and Egyptians have known since circa 4500BCE.

Copper can kill viruses and bacteria. Does this sound too good to be true? It does. But it’s not. It is not complicated to understand either.

Modern science has only now caught up with what the Mesopotamians and Egyptians have known since circa 4500BCE. The ancient Egyptians were using copper to purify water, treat headaches, diarrhea, disinfect wounds, and treat skin ailments. Modern science has now started to realise the power of this metal as a disinfecting agent with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registering over 400 copper surfaces as anti-microbial.

How Does Copper Kill?

Copper has been shown to kill… COVID-19 within 4 hours.

Copper’s atomic structure gives it extra killing power in that it has a free electron in its outer orbital shell which makes it reactive. According to Professor Keevil, a microbiology researcher at the University of Southampton (U.K.), when a microbe lands on copper, ions blast the pathogen like an onslaught of missiles, preventing cell respiration and punching holes in the cell membrane or viral coating and creating free radicals that accelerate the kill, especially on dry surfaces. Most importantly, the ions seek and destroy the DNA and RNA inside a bacteria or virus, preventing the mutations that create drug-resistant superbugs. Copper has been shown to kill superbugs such as MRSA and Klebsiella pneumonia within minutes and COVID-19 within 4 hours.

Copper has a Halo effect (Read more here and here) which makes it even more of a Super Hero Metal! The Halo Effect of copper means that a small patch on your phone actually has a disinfecting range of up to 50cm. You don’t have to cover every inch of everything to benefit from it. However, should you need to cover a large area, one of our exciting products in the Gone Viral range is our Antimicrobial copper film which is self-adhesive and has all the benefits of copper without breaking your bank account. Copper ions are embedded in an antimicrobial coating that is supported by a layer of polyethylene. Developed in South Korea, a country that quickly brought Covid-19 under control, this film is widely used in their public buildings and schools. You, too, can do this.

Disclaimer: Laboratory testing has shown solid copper surfaces to kill 99.9% of certain bacteria within 2 hours and Covid-19 within 4 hours*.   Copper surfaces should be used as a supplement to and not as a replacement for standard infection control practices.  Users of copper as an antimicrobial product must continue to follow all current infection control practices.

*New England Journal of Medicine