Recent Studies Confirm Antimicrobial Properties of Copper
We are learning more about the SARS-CoV-2 virus each day as scientists around the world study how long the virus can live on surfaces, how far the virus can spread and how easy it can be to contract the novel coronavirus.
For example, recently it was discovered the novel coronavirus can travel up to 13 feet in the air and can hitch a ride on shoes. So much for strictly following social distancing measures of 6 feet!
While many headlines are negative, one recent study showed how Copper effectively kills viruses and other bacteria on the surface. In short, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is no match for 100% copper mugs and cups.
To be fair, some studies have suggested that viruses can live on copper surfaces for up to a couple hours. However, this is an incredibly short period of time compared to surfaces such as stainless steel, plastic or glass, where a virus can survive for days! Other infectious diseases including (MRSA), (MERS) and Swine Flu (H1N1) have been tested on copper with a VERY short window of survival, just a few minutes.
The Ancients Relied on Copper to Stay Healthy
Scientists are only beginning to test the health benefits of copper, despite being highly regarded by the ancients for thousands of years. Throughout world history, copper has been used to treat wounds in battle, coins, medication and for transporting water.
While most Americans may own a few copper mugs and jewelry, a majority of copper is behind the walls in building construction. In fact, an average single-family home has 439 pounds of copper! Building wire and plumbing contain the most copper by weight of any category. However, we were surprised to discover a dishwasher has nearly 5 pounds of copper inside. Now that’s what I call clean dishes!
One ancient practice from India that is still popular today in parts of the world is storing drinking water in copper pots and vessels. According to Ayurveda, a holistic, whole-body form of wellness that originated in India, drinking water from copper prevents aging (vaya-sthapak).
A published study in 2012 set out to prove the benefits and found that copper can kill contaminants that cause diarrhea in drinking water including E. coli and Salmonella. Most followers store water in copper pots, cups, mugs and other vessels at room temperature for around 16 hours before consumption. The scientists concluded that for developing countries with poor water quality, copper’s antimicrobial properties could help purify contaminated water!
What’s the Safest Cocktail to Order?
As America begins to venture out this summer to bars and restaurants, many of us will attempt to socialize and catch up with friends. Perhaps you'll remember the health benefits of copper and ask your bartender for a Moscow Mule in a 100% Copper Mug, of course. Or, get a set for yourself at home to enjoy your cocktails in. Rest assured, drinking your beverage of choice with 100% copper mugs, the chance of getting COVID-19 or another illness will be much lower and you'll be well hydrated!