Copper Against the Fight of COVID-19

            Copper has many uses in our everyday lives. One of the main uses is in construction but is a necessary substance in our diet as well. It can be found in fish, nuts, and chocolate. Not only is it used in modern day but was the source of currency many years ago. Back in the Stone Age copper was one of the first metals tools were made from. From then on, the use of copper has only increased, and the benefits of it are being discovered.

             Research has shown that the coronavirus can last days on certain surfaces like glass, plastic, and stainless steel. What they have found is that when the coronavirus is exposed on copper it dies within hours. Reason being is because of copper’s antimicrobial properties are effective in “fighting off” the virus. This goes for a variety of diseases besides COVID-19. The obvious answer is to incorporate copper in hospitals and doctors’ offices on commonly touched surfaces, but it is a little more complicated than that. Some hospitals have done this, and it has been effective. The downside of it is that it is hard to maintain, the upkeep is expensive, and some medical professionals are unaware of the benefits of copper. Hopefully with time more hospitals will recognize the important role copper can play on fighting off diseases.

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