There is no cure or vaccine for coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to destroy. No, COVID-19, just like other terrifying pathogens including E.coli and MRSA, will literally blow apart if it touches a substance that’s incredibly abundant in our environment: copper.
I know, this sounds like fake news your cousin would share on Facebook. In fact, it’s ancient wisdom.
Copper has been prized for millennia for its healthful properties. And only in the modern era do we understand why: that its ions pierce bacteria and viruses within minutes, perforating it like swiss cheese.
As a researcher who runs a pathogen lab told me last week, he’s witnessed coronaviruses last up to five days on the popular materials of today: glass, plastic, and stainless steel. But there are hundreds of copper alloys that are EPA-certified to have self-sterilizing antimicrobial properties.
So why aren’t we using them? Here’s the kicker: We were before we ripped them out of our buildings and hospitals 40 years ago. Read my story here