How Does Copper Kill Bacteria?

Copper has many amazing benefits when it comes to killing germs and bacteria. Copper has been used over the course of history in applications where microbial contamination has been a concern. Copper does not require any additional cleaning supplies to be used as a disinfectant. So how exactly does copper kill bacteria? Here is some insight into exactly how copper can help kill germs and viruses.

How Copper Kills Germs

It has been found that copper has antimicrobial properties which means it can kill microorganisms like germs and bacteria. It also can help limit the spread of E. coli, salmonella, and influenza. In order for the copper to kill the microorganisms, they need to come into contact with the copper. When the microorganisms come into contact with the copper a few things happen:

  • The copper ions damage the cell membranes which can destroy the DNA or RNA of the microorganism.
  • Oxidative stress is generated on the bacterial cells which creates hydrogen peroxide that can kill the cell.
  • It interferes with the proteins that are working to keep the bacteria alive.

Should You Use Copper To Fight COVID-19?

Copper can certainly help fight the spread of COVID-19. It’s been found that viruses last on copper surfaces for just a few hours while they last on stainless steel and plastic for quite a few days.  When copper film is applied to a touch screen, cell phone, railing or any other high touch surface, the surface will rid itself of viruses.  My Safe Meeting sells transparent self-adhering copper-infused film just for this purpose.  It is available in standard sizes, cut to size pieces, or in rolls!

Purchase Antibacterial Copper from My Safe Meeting

My Safe Meeting offers many different products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help keep all industries safe. Our products can be used in retail, medical facilities, hotels, restaurants, offices, nursing homes, education buildings, etc.! If you’re looking to purchase antibacterial copper film, contact us today by giving us a call at 978-267-1080.