Copper is a veritable machine for killing microorganisms

Copper is a veritable machine for killing microorganisms … Covid-19 included. Companies now offer masks, gloves or door handles made of this metal.
CORONAVIRUS – 24 hours on cardboard, 48 hours on plastic, several days on iron … and less than 4 hours on copper. If we already knew that facing coronavirus, not all surfaces are created equal, the red metal is so effective that it places it well above everyday materials. Terrific antiseptic properties that apply to all microorganisms, and which some companies are starting to use as a marketing argument.

Nothing to do, this element that we find in so many objects, generally in the form of alloy in association with another metal like zinc or tin, is the strongest. Not only against Covid-19, but also other viruses, such as avian flu (H1N1) or even MERS respiratory syndrome: the effect is almost immediate, sometimes “exploding” the microorganism in just a few minutes, to use the words of Bill Keevil, microbiologist at the University of Southampton (Great Britain).

Copper atoms that don’t let anything pass
Viruses, microbes, bacteria … copper therefore has a unique self-cleaning property, even more than heavy metals like gold and silver, also known for their antiseptic capacity. A combativeness mainly due to its atomic composition: each copper atom contains a free electron, which oxidizes the molecules of the micro-organism, damaging it greatly.

Even then, copper is not finished with the undesirable: its ions act like real small missiles, damaging the envelope of any microbe or other organism that comes to rub it. Once exposed, it’s the RNA’s turn to undergo the lethal onslaught of electrons: after such treatment, almost nothing remains. In the 2015 study by Bill Keevil on a coronavirus cousin to the Covid-19, it only takes 20 minutes spent on an alloy made of 95% copper for a dose of contagious liquid to be completely destroyed.

This purifying action of the conductive metal is nothing new: from the Phoenicians treating war wounds with bronze, an alloy of copper, to avoid infections, up to modern medical instruments made with the same metal, this advantage has been used by many cultures for a long time without always being understood.

A market for daring entrepreneurs
If today, studies continue to better understand how copper is such a quiet force in the face of biological invaders, current events are pushing entrepreneurs to put forward copper as an anti-Covid-19 panacea. At a time when antibacterial fluid is scarce and entire aircraft carriers need to be disinfected, the marketing argument for a self-cleaning surface is second to none.

In Australia, a company in Darwin, in the north of the country, offers its customers to 3D print locks and door handles coated with a copper alloy. With frankly audacious marketing, the company even claims to offer this service after having “discovered” for itself the antimicrobial properties of the precious metal …

In Chile and Japan, some companies now offer masks and protective gloves with a layer of copper, for maximum sterilization. Same concern not to transmit the virus for this Texan university, whose researchers have created copper stickers, for sale to the general public, to place on door handles and other surfaces touched daily.

All of these products, based on solid research and long-proven effects, can help reduce the chances of transporting the virus from one place to another via furniture or an object. They do not in any way dispense with disinfecting and cleaning shared surfaces, nor obviously, to wash your hands frequently and to respect social distancing.

Coronavirus: Chile uses the antiseptic properties of copper to make masks

Chile, the world’s leading copper producer, is betting on the antiseptic properties of this metal, which effectively eliminates bacteria, viruses and fungi, to cope with the global shortage of masks caused by the coronavirus epidemic

Bactericidal properties of copper

Two Chilean companies have thus developed models of masks to which copper nanoparticles have been added.

Because, according to several studies published by the New England Journal of medicine and the American Universities of California, Los Angeles and Princeton, the new coronavirus can survive between two and three days on plastic and stainless steel, and at least 24 hours on cardboard. However, it disappears in four hours on copper surfaces.

The Copper 3D company has launched the manufacture of reusable masks, made from a polymer into which copper nanoparticles have been injected.

These masks have a removable filter system that can be made with 3D printers, and removed for replacement.

Copper nanoparticles “destroy nucleic acids in the DNA of a virus or bacteria in a very fast and efficient process,” said Daniel Martinez, one of the project’s initiators, who is looking for funds to manufacture these masks on a large scale for an average sale price of 25 dollars each.

Chile, which supplies a third of the world’s copper production, has had the metal’s antiseptic properties certified.

In 2008, the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notably approved the registration of 270 copper alloys with bactericidal properties on the contact surfaces. According to Codelco, the Chilean public mining company, copper is already used in intensive care units in hospitals, where copper-designed surfaces reduce the risk of infection by 40%. In South America , copper is also already used to make medical utensils, laboratory worktops, door handles, stair railings, etc. Another Chilean company, The Copper Company, specialized in textile, also manufactures masks, using fabrics embellished with copper nanoparticles.

“We produce between 15,000 and 20,000 fabric masks with copper nanoparticles per week and we have sold all of our production,” Luz Briceño, the company’s chief executive, told AFP.

Washable and reusable, these masks – similar in design to surgical masks – are made with certified copper wire, says Briceño, who sells her products in Chile to mining and telecommunications companies for $ 10 a unit.

The company also manufactures socks, underwear and towels with copper particles.

Written By: AFP / Relaxnews
April 10, 2020

 

 

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Mask Management Guidance

 

For any type of mask, appropriate use and disposal are essential to ensure that they are effective and to avoid any increase in transmission.

The following information on the correct use of masks is derived from practices in health care settings.

  • Place the mask carefully, ensuring it covers the mouth and nose, and tie it securely to minimize any gaps between the face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
  • Remove the mask using the appropriate technique: do not touch the front of the mask but untie it from behind.
  • After removal or whenever a used mask is inadvertently touched, clean hands using an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    Replace masks as soon as they become damp with a new clean, dry mask.
  • Do not re-use single-use masks.
  • Discard single-use masks after each use and dispose of them immediately upon removal

Are You Safe From Coronavirus While Using Public Transport?

The Coronavirus doesn’t respect any boundaries and has a high infection rate. In the wake of the spread of the virus, hygiene in the public transports has come under scrutiny.

The transport hubs were always known to be infection hotspots. Viruses are spread largely via droplets that settle on shared surfaces. People, when they touch these contaminated surfaces contract the virus from their hands to their face and then into their system.

Planes, trains, and buses are perfect environments for viruses like Coronavirus to thrive and spread its diseases.

Pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses are lurking in secrecy in the transport hubs. Some evidence:

Tubes and Trains

A research study published in BMC Infectious Diseases found that people using public transport in densely populated cities during flu outbreaks were up to six times more likely to catch an acute respiratory infection. Those most susceptible were people who commute for long hours or use busy interchange stations. This is mainly because these people come into contact with more shared surfaces than other people.

It was also found that boroughs with fewer tube stations tend to have higher infection rates, as these stops are more crowded than others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airports

In 1918, the Spanish Flu pandemic infection spread across borders through ships and ports. Today, airports are responsible for turning a local epidemic into a global pandemic.
Surprisingly, the highest risk areas in airports are security checks. The University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare published a study that found almost 50% of the plastic luggage trays at security checks were hotbeds for germs that can cause at least one respiratory disease such as influenza or a common cold.

These trays were found to have more germs than the airport toilets. This shouldn’t be surprising because these trays are shared by people, thousands of times over and they are seldom washed. Over time, they collect detritus from people’s belongings and pockets and are host to some of the deadliest microorganisms.

 

  1. A study published in BMC Infectious Diseases journal found the following airport areas to present a higher risk of catching a viral infection:
    • armrests of seats in the waiting area
    • chip and pin paying machines at airport pharmacies
    • handrails on escalators
  2. Buses and Trams

    In 2011, BMC Infectious Diseases conducted a study that revealed that people using buses and trams for their daily commute are exposed to almost six-fold increased risk of developing an influenza-like infection during flu season. Another study in Houston conducted in the same year found that commuters who spend more than an hour a day on the bus are eight times more likely to contract TB.

 

With Coronavirus threatening to run riot in the world, here’s how you can keep yourself safe from the scourge while travelling in public transport.

  • Coronavirus is large in size with a cell diameter of 400-500 micro. Any mask can prevent its entry into your system. So, wear masks while travelling.
  • The virus does not remain suspended in the air for long. It eventually settles down on the ground. When it falls on a metal surface such as a doorknob or handrails, it can survive for 12 hours. A simple routine of washing your hands with soap and water as soon as you reach your destination after exiting from public transport can kill the virus.
  • When Coronavirus falls on the fabric like fabric seats, clothes, etc. it remains alive for 9 hours. Being exposed to the sun for two hours or washing your clothes after your travel can kill the virus.
  • The Coronavirus lives on the hands for 10 minutes. While travelling and also otherwise, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Don’t even bite your nails. A good hand rub of an alcohol sterilizer can kill the virus. Make sure to keep a hand sanitizer in the pocket when travelling. A hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of 75%+ is more effective in killing the virus. Wearing hand gloves can also help in preventing the virus from entering your system. Copper-infused gloves can give you better protection from the virus.
  • The virus thrives in cold regions but is killed when exposed to a temperature of 26-27 ° C. So, drink hot water and be exposed to the sun whenever possible. Avoid eating ice cream and eating raw or uncooked food.
  • Avoid sitting next to a passenger who shows signs of cold, such as coughing and sneezing.
  • As a habit, check your seat before you sit down. Avoid sitting in a seat that is visibly soiled. Ask the attendant to assign another seat to you.

How Can Copper Gloves Protect You From Coronavirus

When you hold the doorknob or the subway pole with hand gloves on, the germs prevalent on the surfaces are transferred to your gloves instead of your skin. This provides temporary insulation from the live virus, bacteria or fungi. But when you touch the outside of your glove with your fingers or mouth, these organisms can travel into your system. You can prevent this from happening if you substitute your regular hand gloves with copper-infused gloves.

Copper Clothing had conducted a test that showed copper has the ability to destroy 99.9% of bacteria, fungi and viruses within minutes upon contact. How?

  • Upon contact, copper ions rupture and penetrate the cell wall.
  • Once inside the cell, the copper ions attack the microbe’s DNA, inactivating it and then eventually killing it.

Get your copper gloves now and prevent further spread of the virus!

Please Note: the 2014 test carried out by Copper Clothing using an Internationally recognised virology lab in Germany, was against Coronavirus (a family of viruses), it has not yet been tested specifically against the COVID-19 strain of the Coronavirus family.

Can copper-infused fabric destroy Coronavirus?

It can, says a study conducted by Dr. Brill and Dr. Steinmann

Copper Clothing Limited, is a company that incorporates anti-microbial copper formulations into fabrics, such as beds, bed sheets, socks, masks, gloves, pyjamas, etc., and sells them to consumers. In 2014, it funded research to test the effectiveness of viricidal activity of the copper fabric on bovine Coronavirus. The test was conducted by a specialist viral Laboratory of Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology. The viricidal activity of the treated material was evaluated by comparing the viricidal activity of the non-treated material. The study found that copper-infused fabric can effectively fight the virus and destroy it.

In summary, the difference observed between the materials tested is based on the inactivation process during the 10 minute drying process (reduction factor of 3.94 log of the treated Copper material and 1.13 log of the untreated material)

Log Results Explained:

All of our copper fabrics are antimicrobial, eg: our fabric that is used to make our bed wear has reached more than 6.7 log reduction against MRSA. For example if 1,000,000 MRSA bacteria came in to contact with Copper material, only 1 bacteria would survive, This is what we call a reduction of 99.9999%

Copper fabrics are known to be antimicrobial and can easily destroy any bacteria and viruses as there have been recent tests to show it destroys, HIV VirusInfluenza Virus and Coronavirus

All About Coronavirus: What Copper Can Do

According to the New York Times, China’s Health Commission reported 361 deaths nationwide due to the 2019-nCoV outbreak as of Feb 2, 2020. The Coronavirus outbreak is very serious. It’s not just China’s problem anymore; it has captured the world’s attention. The Coronavirus is detected in other countries prompting the Chinese government to quarantine, Wuhan, the world’s seventh-largest city.

The virus spreads via aerosol and direct contact. The latest reports also indicate that the ocular route is a key mechanism for infection. This has sparked new interest in copper-infused clothing, which has shown promising results in killing the virus.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus belongs to a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. This virus is known to infect people to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe ones such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new strain of Coronavirus that causes severe respiratory diseases and was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019.

What are the common symptoms of Coronavirus?

2019-nCoV infection can cause mild symptoms, such as sore throat, runny nose, fever, and cough. It can be severe or even fatal in some people, leading to pneumonia, difficulty in breathing, and death.

Who is at risk for Coronavirus infections?

While there is much to learn about how 2019-nCoV affects people, the following appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus:

  • Older people
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • People living or travelling in an area where the 2019-nCoV virus is circulating (at present, the virus is dominant in China).
  • People who have recently travelled from China or who have been in close contact with those travellers.
  • Health workers who are responsible for taking care of people who are infected with 2019-nCoV.

How are Coronavirus infections diagnosed?

Doctors analyse the patient’s respiratory specimens and the serum isolated from the blood to test for Coronavirus infections. Although diagnostic tests for the novel Coronavirus are being developed, its accuracy and specificity for the virus are not yet verified. Once that’s confirmed, these diagnostic kits will be available in the healthcare facilities worldwide.

What are the treatments for Coronavirus infections? Can Coronavirus infections be prevented?

There is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel Coronavirus. However, people infected with 2019-nCoV should receive optimised supportive care to relieve and treat symptoms.

How to protect yourself from getting infected with the Coronavirus

    • Wash your hands with soap and water often, or use an alcohol-based hand rub to eliminate the virus if it is present on your hands.

 

    • Maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet or 1 metre between yourself and other people, especially from the ones with cold symptoms. A person infected with 2019-nCoV can project small droplets of the virus when they sneeze or cough, and if you are too close, you can easily breathe in the virus.

 

    • If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing, seek medical help immediately. Let your healthcare know if you have travelled from China or have been in close contact with someone who is from China or has been to China and is suffering from respiratory symptoms. It’s essential to get prompt medical attention if you have respiratory symptoms, especially you have a travel history, directly or indirectly, to or within China.

 

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Your hands touch many things or surfaces that can be contaminated with the virus. If the contaminated hands touch your eyes, mouth, or nose, the virus can be easily transmitted into your system. In order to prevent the transmission of coronavirus, one should wear copper-infused gloves or masks.

Copper has been known for its anti-microbial powers for more than a century. Now, technology allows the metal to be woven into fabrics. Copper-infused clothing like face masks and gloves can combat the transmission of this virus.

Can copper-infused fabric kill Coronavirus? It can, says a study conducted by Dr. Brill and Dr. Steinmann

Copper Clothing Limited, is a company that incorporates anti-microbial copper formulations into fabrics, such as beds, bed sheets, socks, masks, gloves, pyjamas, etc., and sells them to consumers. In 2014, it funded research to test the effectiveness of virucidal activity of the copper fabric on bovine Coronavirus. The test was conducted by an in-house method of Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology. The virucidal activity of the treated material was evaluated by comparing the virucidal activity of the non-treated material. The study found that copper-infused fabric can effectively fight the virus and kill it.

Effectiveness of CopperClothing on Coronavirus  — Test Report.

Source: Copper Clothing UK

Draps Avec Tissu De Cuivre – reduire le lavage de votre linge?

Copper Bed Sheets – Reduce Your Laundry?

 

 

 

These copper-woven bed sheets could seriously reduce your laundry washing

According to all kinds of health professionals, we should be washing our bed sheets once every week, which, let’s face it, no one does. (Not anyone we know, anyway).

But a new invention in the bed sheet business is here to take away all those painful laundry loads thanks to new technology which could keep your sheets fresher for longer.

Vetemnts Cuivre has already been making these clever copper-threaded bed sheets. The copper infused bedding naturally eliminates bad bacteria, renews damaged skin, and helps you find a deeper sleep than ever before. Which all sounds rather wonderful, doesn’t it?

The ‘self-cleaning’ sheets made from bamboo, (which is also more eco-friendly than cotton), are interwoven with copper ion technology with the aim of killing bad bacteria and preventing any future pathogen growth.

NO microorganisms have developed a resistance to copper, which is why it has been used for centuries to disinfect liquids, solids and even human tissue.

So basically, you can be a little lazy with your laundry routine and rest assured that you’re not sleeping with any nasties at night-time.

How to Wear Compression Socks – Easily!

How to Wear Compression Socks – Easily!

Gravity kicks in to pull your blood down when you are standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time. This restricts the blood circulation, causing several leg and foot problems, such as varicose veins, blood clots, and deep vein thrombosis. This conditions are generally accompanied by leg swelling and pain. Compression stockings or socks can fight back the gravity’s pull to your bloodstream and improve blood flow.

Compression socks are designed to snugly fit your feet, ankles, legs and maybe even thighs. The pressure is at the highest at the feet, but gradually lessens as the socks go up the leg. This is called graduated compression.
However, the snug fit is what makes compression socks medically useful. But that’s also one of the reasons why wearing them is a struggle, especially pulling them over the heel and ankle.

The following tips will help you wear compression socks quicker without getting frustrated.

  1. Before you put them on

    • After you buy a new pair of compression socks, hand wash them with mild detergent.
    • If you can afford, consider buying a second pair. You’ll then have a clean pair to use while the other is for a wash.
    • If you have an open wound, dress it up before you wear socks.
    • Try to keep your socks by your bed, so you can wear them first thing when you wake up.
  2. Prepping up your legs to wear compression socks

    If it’s hard for you to put on the compression stockings or socks, try these tips:

    • Apply lotion on your legs. Let it dry before you wear compression socks.
    • You can also apply baby powder or cornstarch on your legs. This may help the socks to easily slide up.
    • If you don’t get the grip to pull your socks up, try using rubber dishwashing gloves. This may also help you to smooth them out.
    • You can also use a special gadget called a stocking donner to pull up the socks over your foot. This gadget is easily available online or at a medial store.
  3. How to wear compression socks

    • Wear compression socks early in the morning. That’s the time you have the least leg swelling.
    • Sit in a chair with a back. This gives you support as you wear socks.
    • Hold the top tip of your compression sock in one hand and use the other hand to reach inside the sock to grab the toe of the sock. Then turn the upper half of the compression sock inside out.
    • Then gently place your foot in the toe of the sock. Then, gently slide the sock up over your heel. Ensure that the top of the sock is still inside out.
    • Lock in your heel securely in the sock, then gently slide the sock up your leg. Be careful not to grab and pull at the top of the stocking because that can cause it to rip or tear.
    • While taking the compression socks off, fold it down gently until it reaches the top of the ankle. Insert your thumb or finger at the back of your socks on your heel, then slide the rest of the sock off your foot.
  4. Wearing and caring of compression socks

    Finally, a huge part of wearing compression socks is to take care of them so that they last. With proper care, these socks can last for up to six months.

    • Hand wash the socks each day with a mild soap and air dry them.
    • Do not wear compression socks when they are damp.
    • Replace your compression socks every 6 months.

At first, wearing compression socks can be tricky. Don’t get discouraged, if you have the knack for wearing compression socks. With some practice, you’ll find a method that works for you.

Copper Clothing offers compression socks infused with the antimicrobial property of copper. That means added benefits – healing benefits of compression and anti-microbial benefits of copper.

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Layers in Copper Infused KN99 Mask Explained.

How Many Layers Are There in the Copper Infused KN99 Face Mask?

There are four layers which make up the copper-infused kn99 face mask for maximum protection and comfort.

What is the Role of the First Layer?

The primary layer of cotton is infused with copper ions for anti-bacterial and anti-viral protection. Coronavirus has been reported to live on the outside of medical face masks for up to 7 days. This unique innovation using Copper ions is to help enhance the level of protection and help reduce the risk of spreading the infection that normal face masks (single-use and reusable) cannot provide.

What is the Role of the Second Layer?

The secondary filtration layer is designed to block finer particulate matter for maximum protection. Lab tests conducted on the filtration material highlighted that more than 99% of fine particulate matter was blocked equivalent to KN99 standards. Which is the Chinese equivalent to N99 or FFP3 in the US and Europe respectively.

What is the Role of the Third Layer?

The third layer is made up of a cotton filter lining. The 3D space between them allows superior ventilation and improved moisture absorption.

What is the Role of the Fourth Layer?

The fourth final layer in the Copper KN99 face mask is made of 100% pure, high quality, skin-friendly cotton fabric for comfort.

What Should You Consider When Choosing a Face Mask?

The World Health Organisation recommends the following features should be taken into consideration for non-medical masks:

  1. Numbers of layers of fabric
  2. The breathability of material used
  3. Shape of mask
  4. Fit of mask

Why Infuse Copper into a Face Mask?

Copper alloys have been used throughout history as a natural, safe and long term anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral material. There is a substantial amount of scientific and clinical evidence to now showcase the power of copper ions in the fight against infections.

In 1852 Victor Burq discovered those working with copper had far fewer deaths to cholera than anyone else and did extensive research confirming this. In 1867 he presented his findings to the French Academies of Science and Medicine, informing them that putting copper on the skin was effective at preventing someone from getting cholera.

The anti-microbial effect of Copper ions have since been documented, in peer-reviewed published scientific & medical journals, to destroy the HIV-1 (virus) by more than 99.9% in only 20 minutes, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) by 99.9% in only 20 minutes, 99.9% of aerosol viruses such as Influenza (H1N1 / H9N2) as well being known to destroy Coronavirus.

Not many people are aware of how much technology has advanced, we are able to now infuse copper ions into various materials including cotton and rubber. Therefore transferring the power of anti-microbial copper into everyday items – making them the first layer of defence for you and your loved ones.