Keeping Calm in the Chaos

October 5th, 2020

With the current challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is difficult to think of much else. The Internet is flooded with information about this disease and how to prevent it. Governments of different countries are discouraging people from going to public places, and people have become afraid to touch surfaces in those places. For example, some avoid opening doors by waiting until someone else opens them for them. Furthermore, people now refrain from shaking hands at meetings and hugging friends and family members.

In the modern world, people continue to move away from the past. We cannot remember everything that was forgotten; we can only touch on what we understand from the past and how it can help us now.

The antibacterial properties of liquid copper have been known since the nineteenth century. The copper can be applied to different surfaces,  such as door handles, taps, toilet seats, and kitchen doors and bench tops.

“On copper surfaces, bacteria and viruses die. When a microbe lands on a copper surface, the copper releases ions, which are electrically charged particles. Those copper ions blast through the outer membranes and destroy the whole cell, including the DNA or RNA inside. Because their DNA and RNA are destroyed, it also means a bacteria or virus can’t mutate and become resistant to the copper or pass on genes (like for antibiotic resistance) to other microbes.”

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