Should we all switch to copper?
November 2, 2011 5:27 PM Subscribe
If copper is so effective at destroying bacteria, including antibiotic resistant organisms and viruses, why don't we see it used as a standard material in settings like hospitals, schools, public transportation etc?
posted by YukonQuirm to science & nature (21 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
There has been a number of trials recently in hospitals across North America, the UK and Japan where it was identified that copper is an active antimicrobial agent that actually destroys micro organisms. It does this by punching holes in the surface of the organism and then destroying enzymes so the organisms can't replicate (very lay person interpretation) If you want to learn more you can look at this antimicrobial copper website
From what I've seen there is not a big difference in price between stainless steel and copper in terms of prices for items such as door knobs, push plates, over bed tables etc. Please shed a little light on why this copper isn't used more? If you can provide links or other scientific information that would be great.