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Copper's virus-killing powers were known even to the ancients
by Jim Morrison
Smithsonian Magazine Translate This Article
14 April 2020
On 14 April 2020 Smithsonian Magazine reported:
When researchers reported last month [March 2020] that the novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic survives for days on glass and stainless steel but dies within hours after landing on copper, the only thing that surprised Bill Keevil was that the pathogen lasted so long on copper. Keevil, a microbiology researcher at the University of Southampton in England, has studied the antimicrobial effects of copper for more than two decades. ... 'Copper is truly a gift from Mother Nature in that the human race has been using it for over eight millennia,' says Michael G. Schmidt, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina [US] who researches copper in healthcare settings.
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He has watched in his laboratory as the simple metal slew one bad bug after another. He began with the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease and then turned to drug-resistant killer infections like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). He tested viruses that caused worldwide health scares such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the Swine Flu (H1N1) pandemic of 2009. In each case, copper contact killed the pathogen within minutes. 'It just blew it apart,' he says.
... Keevil's work is a modern confirmation of an ancient remedy. For thousands of years, long before they knew about germs or viruses, people have known of copper's disinfectant powers. 'Copper is truly a gift from Mother Nature in that the human race has been using it for over eight millennia,' says Michael G. Schmidt, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina who researches copper in healthcare settings.
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