Copper—Issac’s Blog Post

Copper. That bright, retro looking metal that might remind you of perhaps the finishing in your grandmother’s home, has surprising benefits. Used by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Native Americans, Copper has been prized for its antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties.

 

When bacteria and viruses land on hard surfaces, they can often last for hours to five days, however almost upon instant contact with copper, bacteria and viruses die. This is why hospitals once used to be fitted with copper fixtures, as it is known to kill these sickness causing microorganisms and is the only EDA approved metal to do so. With the rise of CoronaVirus across the world, perhaps we should take a step back and look into the ancient practices of various cultures and take notes.

While it may not be feasible to change all your stainless steel hardware throughout your home to copper, a simple way that one could incorporate this rose gold metal into your daily routine would be to use a copper water bottle or water pitcher. Not only will this water hydrate you, but the container will make sure the water is antimicrobial and antibacterial. Furthermore, copper is a metal that is known to help boost immunity, which is incredibly important during this time. Thus, incorporating copper is another way (along with hand washing) to help you to stay as well as possible during this Corona Virus pandemic.

 

8 Replies to “Copper—Issac’s Blog Post”

  1. This is very helpful,but try not to touch too much during an outbreak, especially your mouth and eyes. This is a very interesting blog post and I believe the arguments in it are based on science. I had never thought before why there were so many copper products in the hospital, today I learned.

  2. It is interesting how hospitals used to be in older times. Even though some practices they used to do were not the best, it is interesting how they used their resources. A copper water bottle seems very interesting also, and I wonder if the benefits of copper will become more known during this pandemic.

  3. I really liked how you started the blog off by describing copper as something we all might be familiar with to get the reader’s attention. It was also interesting to learn that hundreds of years ago copper was used to fight bacteria and viruses, espically during a time like this when we have no clue how to stop this virus.

  4. This is a very interesting topic. I’ve always thought that most of the iron used in hospitals is iron, but I didn’t know copper is the element that could contain bacteria. Although there is no evidence that copper products can fight the new coronavirus, I hope there will be some relationship between them to help people better protect themselves.

  5. Compared to materials like plastic, iron or cardboard, a novel coronavirus can live on surfaces for the shortest time: copper. Viruses can only live on surfaces for four hours, like cardboard, which takes 24 hours. Viruses can live on iron and plastic surfaces for two to three days.This is a very scary virus.There are many ways to fight the virus at home, try not to contact others, open the window ventilation.When you have to go out, be aware of the social distance, wear a mask and gloves.

  6. The concept of copper being an antibacterial is an old Auyrvedic concept. Ayurveda is an ancient indian medicinal sceince that is still used in India.

  7. This is a very interesting topic to which I can relate to heavily. I am Indian, and a lot of the cooking utensils and other storage devices for food and water that my grandparents use also are made of copper. I had no idea that they had antibacterial properties, but it is very interesting to know

  8. This is very interesting and helpful. During this pandemic we must think of ways we can optimize our resources to help prevent the further spread of this pandemic. The water bottle idea is a very practical solution and the copper sinks, although as you say it is not feasible, can be a good solution for the long run.

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