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Copper and it’s effects on virus and bacteria destruction

It’s funny how as technology increases, we quickly forget God’s methods to reduce, destroy, and protect harmful organisms from human and animal sickness and death.  Do you remember the saying, “they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth.” ?  Do you know where that stems from?    Although the use of silver for plates and utensils dates back thousands of years, the expression born with a silver spoon in their mouth dates back to the early 19th century.  It was well known that certain metals had anti viral and anti-bacterial affects, so using and cooking with these metals became common for the wealthy.  New born babies of wealthy families had made silver spoons, often bearing the family crest on the handle. This increased the survival rate of newborns. Of course, too much ingestion of silver creates the condition argyria that turns the skin a blue-gray color, hence the term, “blue bloods!” (Pruitt, 2018).  

The real subject today is about copper: Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. A freshly exposed surface of pure copper has a pinkish-orange color. (Wikipedia, 2020)  It is essential to all living organisms as a trace element that serves to assist in a multitude of functions.  It too has strong disinfectant abilities.   Although there are only conjectures as to how copper kills certain bacteria and viruses, we know that because of its two valence electrons, it reacts possibly to create H2O2, hydrogen peroxide, well known to kill many bacteria and viruses in minutes.  Below is a chart from a 2011 study on the killing effects of copper with bacteria and viruses.

We do know that copper does kill COVID19.   This is why we are reporting on it as well.  A report in Smithsonian Magazine, writer Jim Morrison interviewed and researched copper’s disinfectant properties and potential uses.

 “In 2015, Keevil turned his attention to Coronavirus 229E, a relative of the COVID-19 virus that causes the common cold and pneumonia. Once again, copperzapped the virus within minutes while it remained infectious for five days on surfaces such as stainless steel or glass.” (Morrison, 2020)

Therefore, if using even a portion of copper into other elements of bed rails, hand railings and other surfaces, the decrease in spread of disease and saving of lives and the saving money (not having to treat so many sick people) is tremendous.

Yes, copper is not cheap to purchase, but the value in places such as hospitals, restaurants, other publicly and frequently handled surfaces as in public transportation have a form of copper on the surfaces. Apparently, the CDC is not totally convinced that this expenditure will reap the reported outcomes. However, study after study reveals the same result: copper is extremely effective in killing bacteria and viruses quickly.


So, do we now run out and replace counter tops of marble and granite with copper?  Purchase copper discs to keep near to rub our hands on it?  Suffice to say that even how powerful copper is, this is not a substitute for the good old fashion hand washing, and plenty of it! But keep some pennies in your pocket to rub them around!


(2020). Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper

Morrison, J. (2020, April 14). Why Copper Is Good at Killing Viruses | Science | Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved from Smithsonian – Science: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/copper-virus-kill-180974655/

Pruitt, S. (2018, August 22). A New Golden Age for Silver? Helping antibiotics fight powerful drug-resistant bacteria is only the latest non-monetary use that humans have found for silver throughout history. Retrieved from History: https://www.history.com/news/a-new-golden-age-for-silver

Tara, R. (2020, March 20). Copper Kills the Coronavirus on Contact, so Why Isn’t Copper Everywhere? Retrieved from Engineering: https://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/20107/Copper-Kills-the-Coronavirus-on-Contact-so-Why-Isnt-Copper-Ever…