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marzo 17, 2020by admin

This post was updated on March 23, 2020 at 7:53pm PDT and will be updated daily as more science and research on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes available.

Research has shown that copper has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which make it a potential tool in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In this post, we comprehensively discuss all available research and studies. We also explain why copper is an ideal material for reusable water bottles and preferable to water bottles made from plastic or other materials.

Research and Studies

The effect of copper on bacteria and viruses has recently been the subject of a number of articles, including Fast CompanyDwellViceand Cleveland. These articles are all in reaction to a number of recent studies which have explored the capability of copper to kill the Coronavirus.

The anti-bacteria and anti-viral nature of copper was discovered long before the outbreak of the Coronavirus. It was discovered centuries ago by ancient civilizations which led to the use of copper in various health applications, including in water vessels to purify drinking water. In modern times, copper has been the subject of numerous studies by the scientific community as well as attention from the World Health Organization.

In one recent study, which was published in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutritionscientists studied the effect of storing water in a copper pot on microbially-contaminated drinking water, including harmful bacteria such as e. colisalmonella typhi and vibrio cholerae. In particular, scientists stored water contaminated with this bacteria in copper pots for 16 hours at room temperature. The bacteria was no longer recoverable when the researchers examined it, which was an incredible result compared to water stored in control glass bottles under the same environment (in which the bacteria continued to grow and flourish). The bacterial situation was even worse in reusable plastic bottles.

In another recent study, scientists again studied the effect of storing water in a copper pot on water contaminated with bacteria. In this study, the scientists incubated water with a colony of harmful bacteria and then stored the water overnight at room temperature in both copper pots and glass bottles. In the morning, the bacteria was no longer recoverable from the water that had been stored in the copper pots, although it was recovered from the water stored in the glass bottles.

In yet another recent study, researchers stored water contaminated with bacteria in a variety of different water containers, including copper and silver containers, in order to determine their efficacy at removing biological contamination from drinking water. The study revealed that the copper vessels had a significant inhibitory effect on the bacteria in the water after only a few hours of exposure.

Most recently, on March 17, 2020, a new study was released by National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists examined the length of time for which the Coronavirus could survive on various materials, including aerosols (air), cardboard, plastic, stainless steel and copper. The study concluded that while the Coronavirus could survive for up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel and up to 24 hours on cardboard, it could only survive for up to four hours on copper. This study further confirms the anti-viral nature of copper.

The results of this study can be simplified as follows:

copper and coronavirus

This study has also received attention from The Economist, which published the following helpful summary chart comparing (in a more complex manner) the longevity of the Coronavirus on copper as compared to the other materials:

copper and coronavirus

Given this research, one may wonder why copper is not more actively used for surfaces in public places, including hospitals. In fact, in one study, scientists concluded that the use of copper surfaces could reduce bacterial and viral infection rates in hospitals by 58 percent. In another study, it was determined that copper can help prevent respiratory viruses, such as the Coronavirus, from spreading. In that study, scientists found that the Coronavirus was rapidly inactivated within a few minutes by copper surfaces.

How Does Copper Kill Bacteria and Viruses?

The special effects of copper can best be analyzed through the lens of both chemistry and biology. In particular, all bacteria and virus are living cells. If those cells can be disrupted and killed, the bacteria and viruses can be destroyed. When bacteria or viruses come into contact with copper, they absorb copper ions, which are essentially electrically charged particles.

These copper ions, through a process known as the oligodynamic effect, prevent a process called cell respiration in the bacteria and viruses. In basic terms, this results in the copper ions punching holes into the cell membranes (walls) of the bacteria and viruses. Once the cell membrane is damaged, the copper ions move inside the cell and destroy the DNA and RNA inside, preventing the bacteria and viruses from further multiplying.

In one leading study, cells of e. coli were exposed for 1 minute to a copper surface, a normal non-copper surface, and a stainless steel surface. The study showed that cells exposed to the copper surface suffered membrane damage and quickly became immobilized. The following microscopic images from the study show the result. Live bacteria with intact membranes are green, while those with damaged membranes are red:

copper and coronavirus

The Problem with Normal Reusable Water Bottles

As research studies have shown, ordinary reusable water bottles can become environments that are prone to cultivating harmful bacteria and viruses. As we use our water bottles throughout the day, they repeatedly come into contact with our hands, and thereby become covered in germs, bacteria and viruses. While the same is true of many other things (such as our smartphones), water bottles are more problematic because we put them to our mouths and drink from them. Just think of it: we put something covered in germs, bacteria and viruses to our lips multiple times each day.

This problem is aggravated by the way that most reusable water bottles are designed. Often, we carry our water bottles by holding them by their caps or lids. This means that our hands come into contact with the lip of the bottle, which ends up touching our mouths when we drink from it.

Even if our water bottles are designed differently and we wash our hands multiple times per day, droplets floating in the air containing bacteria and viruses (from other people that may have coughed or sneezed) can land on our water bottles. We can then become infected by those same bacteria and viruses when we drink from our bottle.

In addition, there is also plenty happening inside most reusable water bottles which is concerning. As research studies have repeatedly shown, there is a significant link between reusable water bottles and the growth of bacteria colonies. In short, since the nature and function of reusable water bottles involves moisture, they become breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses.

This problem can further be aggravated by the way that we refill our water bottles. For example, if we use a water dispenser or water fountain at the workplace, gym or in an airport, there is a very good chance that germs, bacteria or viruses left by someone else who used that water dispenser or water fountain before us will find their way into our water bottle, contaminating the bottle and the water in it.

The Solution: Anti-Bacterial Copper Water Bottles

Mother nature has fortunately provided a solution in the form of copper. As demonstrated by various research studies, copper naturally and safely kills germs, bacteria and viruses through a natural process. As mentioned above, copper has been used for thousands of years to sterilize contaminated water naturally and safely.

What does this all mean for the Coronavirus outbreak? It means that anytime you touch your copper water bottle, any bacteria or viruses on your hands will be killed when they make contact with the copper. It also means that those same viruses and bacteria will not be present on your copper bottle when you drink from it throughout the day. And it also means that any bacteria present in or on your water bottle will be killed by virtue of the copper material from which the water bottle is made. It also means that your water bottle is naturally self-sterilizing, which means you can put your mind at ease and not worry that your water bottle is becoming a risky bacteria and virus trap.

Copper H2O is the market leader in manufacturing the highest quality, 100% pure copper water bottles. All of our copper bottles ship within 1 business day from our warehouse in California, USA, and our processing times are unaffected and secure from the pandemic outbreak. Protect your health by ordering today and we will also donate 15% of the profits to charities supporting Coronavirus relief efforts.

Click here to purchase a copper water bottle.

Or, click here to purchase a copper water pitcher or a copper cup from our sister company, Shantiva.

Of course, a copper water vessel doesn’t replace healthy hygiene practices, self-isolating and social distancing in the prevention of Coronavirus. Make sure to wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water for 20 seconds and self-isolate where possible.

Let’s support our good health together and flatten the curve! If you have any questions, please email us anytime at hello@copperh2o.com or comment below.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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