Copper is well-known as a ruthless germ killer—and a growing body of research supports its powers to slow the spread of infections in hospitals.
Could swapping stainless steel surfaces for copper be a game-changer?
In one study, SARS-CoV-2 died within a few hours of landing on copper but lasted several days on stainless steel.
But while copper may banish bacteria, it’s unclear whether that translates to a drop in in-patient infections. For hospitals considering whether to switch to copper, which is pricier than alternatives, that’s a must-know.
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