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Copper — Germ Killer?

Copper Kills Cold and Flu Viruses

“Stopped my cold right away.”
“Stopped me from getting sick.”
“This little jewel really works.”
“Is it supposed to work that fast? 
“I felt better right away.”
“Sinus pressure gone. I feel good.”
“Got rid of symptoms completely.”
“What a wonderful thing….”
“No more colds for me!!!!”


In 2002, the EPA was researching a way to kill bacteria on surfaces in hospitals, labs, etc. Scientists found that copper kills germs. People with infectious diseases touch bed rails, sinks, tray tables, toilet handles, shower stalls, chair arms, faucets and other surfaces and spread the disease. 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. The germs can be widespread and dangerous. These are called “hospital-acquired infections” and are resistant to antibiotics.

Earlier university research had found that copper is resistant to these germs and the kill-rate is high. The EPA verified the findings. They found that solid copper kills bacteria and viruses on contact in minutes and suggests how to stop a cold and other illnesses.

Since then many scientists have jumped on the bandwagon to do more research in this area. Researchers have identified over 100 microbial pathogens that are killed by copper, including cold and flu viruses, MRSA, E.coli, C.diff, VRE, and Krebsiella.

So far they found that no micro-organisms are not killed or inactivated by copper.

Copper has been used for thousands of years for purifying water and disinfecting wounds, but only recently have scientists figured out ways it may work. A leading theory is that when copper touches a microbe, the high electrical conductance of the copper pops tiny holes in the outer membrane of the microbe cell and kills it quickly.

Antimicrobial Copper surfaces in hospital rooms can reduce the number of healthcare-acquired infections by 58 percent. (“Antimicrobial Copper” is a trademark of the Copper Development Association (CDA).)

In March 2013 a representative of the Copper Development Association, which has coordinated much of the recent research as steward of the EPA registration activities, told us researchers have yet to find any type of germ that is not killed by physical contact with bare copper.

By contrast, a number of the studies cited note that on stainless steel and other surfaces harmful microorganisms can live for weeks or even months.

Having told you all this I want to tell you about a new invention that I have read about recently. It is a small copper device invented by Doug Cornell. To test this when he felt a cold coming on he touched his nose with this device for sixty seconds. He found that the cold went away completely. And it worked again every time he felt he was coming down with a cold again. He asked his relatives and friends to try it and some of the explanations are at the beginning of this article.

It is called the “CopperZap” and it can be used to prevent colds and flu.

I know you are not supposed to write product reviews on Medium but I had to spread the word about this. So astonishing!