New research has found that copper can effectively help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which are linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Animal coronaviruses that ‘host jump’ to humans, such as SARS and MERS, result in severe infections with high mortality. The Southampton researchers found that a closely-related human coronavirus – 229E – can remain infectious on common surface materials for several days but is rapidly destroyed on copper.
On copper, and a range of copper alloys – collectively termed ‘antimicrobial copper’ – the coronavirus was rapidly inactivated (within a few minutes, for simulated fingertip contamination). The Exposure to copper destroyed the virus completely and irreversibly, leading to the reason why we have Copper Embedded inside the DNA strand of the fabric on our Medical apparel and bedding accessories with 21% Copper Yarn to help reduce the spread of respiratory viruses and protect public health workers who are wearing or using our products.