Copper Clean and COVID-19

Copper Clean and COVID-19

Copper Clean™ Antimicrobial Surface Patches are durable, antimicrobial metal stickers that are applied to door handles, push plates, and other high-touch surfaces to kill surface-borne bacteria*. Copper Clean™ utilizes an EPA registered antimicrobial copper alloy that continuously reduces microbial* contamination.

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 )is detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. - National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Antimicrobial Testing -

Copper is one of the oldest known antimicrobials. For centuries, copper has been protecting ships from barnacles and biofouling while also being utilized in bandages and various medical devices to fight infection. Recently, scientists around the world have published a plethora of research on the efficacy of copper surfaces against all strains of microorganisms, from bacteria and viruses to fungi and archaea. Our patches are made from a registered antimicrobial copper alloy that has been extensively evaluated against various microorganisms. The US EPA has specifically tested and shown antimicrobial copper to be highly effective against pathogens that cause some of the most destructive sicknesses in humans. It is proven to kill 99.9% the 6 organisms below in 2 hours.

• E. coli O157: H7, a food-borne pathogen that has been associated with large-scale food recalls;

• Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the most virulent strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a constant culprit to patient safety and quality in healthcare environments;

• Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), the most common of all bacterial staphylococcus infections that can cause life-threatening diseases, including pneumonia and meningitis;

• Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), an antibiotic-resistant organism responsible for 4% of all Healthcare-Associated Infection;

• Enterobacter aerogenes, a pathogenic bacterium commonly found in hospitals that causes opportunistic skin infections and impacts other body tissues; and,

• Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the pulmonary tracts, urinary tracts, blood, and skin of immunocompromised individuals.

 

 

 

What the EPA says about Antimicrobial Copper

*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157: H7. Antimicrobial copper surfaces have been shown to inhibit microbial contamination from these microorganisms, but do not necessarily prevent cross-contamination or infections.  Antimicrobial copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices.  Users must continue to follow all current infection control and sanitation practices.  Antimicrobial copper surfaces must not be coated or waxed in any way in order to be effective.  The natural patina of antimicrobial copper does not compromise the antimicrobial capacity of the product.