For centuries, great empires have been harnessing natural elements to eliminate bacteria and viruses that have greatly affected civilization.
Egyptian pharaohs used one particular metal to purify their water supply. The Chinese used the same metal to help cure certain imbalances in the body. And Europeans, in the early 19th century, used the metal to help treat and slow down a cholera outbreak. This metal is copper.
Copper face masks are selling out online due to antimicrobial claims stemming from recent research and evidence. These claims are unsubstantiated because it’s often unclear how much copper is being used in a face mask’s construction.
Copper has long-established antimicrobial properties that include killing the COVID-19 virus within four hours. Positively charged copper ions attract and trap bacteria and most viruses, which are negatively charged. The copper ions then penetrate the microbes and destroy their ability to replicate, significantly reducing the number of infectious particles that might get through the pores of the mask. (Silver and zinc ions, also used in some masks, deactivate microbes in similar fashion.)
Now, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, scientists and technologists are busy trying to look for ways to stop this pandemic.
One development aimed at checking the spread of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is the CopperMask.
It’s a special facemask made of infused copper strands that have natural anti-microbial properties that protect anyone wearing it not only from SARS-CoV2 but other harmful microorganisms as well.
Most studies show that the coronavirus can last for some time on different surfaces — three to seven days on plastic and stainless steel, up to four days on glass and paper, and a day or two on wood and cardboard.
But most viruses “don’t” stay long on copper surfaces,” according to a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health in the United States.
The study shows that SARS-CoV2 can last on copper for only four hours.
It’s this metal that gives the CopperMask a powerful advantage over other disposable facemasks available in the market.
The CopperMask has a self-disinfecting property that protects the user for up to 30 days. And it’s washable and reusable.