A patient with an infectious disease, for example, touches bed rails, tray tables, chair arms, faucets and other surfaces, contaminating the surfaces with disease germs from their fingers. A nurse or visitor who later touches those surfaces spreads the germs to other surfaces with their own fingers. The germs soon reach the rooms of other patients, infecting them with an illness they didn’t have when they came to the hospital.
Such illnesses are called “hospital-acquired infections.” They have become more widespread and dangerous because many germs have become resistance to antibiotics.
Earlier university research had suggested that germs could not survive on copper surfaces. EPA sponsored tests confirmed this. Under Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, the EPA approved the registration of copper as antimicrobial, officially stating that copper is capable of killing harmful, potentially deadly microbes. Copper is the first solid surface material to receive this type of EPA registration.
Since then a huge outpouring of research from universities, hospitals, and labs around the world proves that copper kills viruses and bacteria rapidly just by touch.
These are some of the scientists whose research results, along with others, helped inspire the idea for CopperZap.
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