The antimicrobial elements found in copper, which have been well established over the past 60 years, means that it has the potential of contact killing a wide range of viruses including SARS-Cov-2 (the new strain of Coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 infection).

More importantly, given its aggressive antiviral properties copper should be used immediately as a preventive as well as a therapeutic weapon in the fight against COVID-19.

Why has copper been largely ignored in past campaigns against global virus infections? The introduction and global availability of antibiotics by multinational pharmaceutical companies shunted copper’s powerful medical benefits aside and for the past few decades copper has been largely ignored by the international scientific community and global media.

However, a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, reported that SARS-Cov-2 retains infectivity in aerosols and a variety of common surfaces, e.g. plastics and stainless steel for up to 48-72 hours whereas with copper the equivalent inactivation occurred within 4 hours.

Other articles have similarly reported that infectivity on Teflon, PVC, Ceramic tiles and glass remains for hours while copper substitutes witnessed a rapid inactivity, which in some cases happened within 5 minutes.

Copper can be a powerful protective tool when properly utilized in public places. Hospitals, schools, universities, town halls and all public buildings need to be part of a total infrastructure plan if we are to effectively eliminate COVID-19.