Can Copper Stop the Spread of Viruses? Our Ancient Ancestors May Have The Answer

thyssenkrupp Materials Copper and Brass Sales is a leading supplier of red metals offering supply chain solutions that are customized to the exact needs of our diverse customer base.  We offer a large assortment of copper and copper alloy products that support critical performance applications in many industries. Today we would like to highlight some of the unique features these products offer around the topic of disease prevention.

While we are not an authority regarding this particular use of the product we thought we would share some very interesting details regarding the antimicrobial benefits of copper and copper alloys from past research performed by several independent organizations. In this post, the first in a four part series, we take a brief look at How Copper Can Stop the Spread of Viruses.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that long before the germ theory of disease was developed, civilizations used Copper to kill disease-causing organisms. It is ranked as a top metal in terms of quantities consumed in the USA and abroad. Its antimicrobial property is becoming increasingly important to the prevention of infection.



Copper is a mineral and an element essential to our everyday lives. It is a major industrial metal because of its high ductility, malleability, thermal and electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion. One beneficial use that Copper (Cu) has is it’s anti-microbial properties.

According to Copper Development – United Kingdom, the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Aztecs used copper-based preparations to treat burns, sore throats and skin rashes, as well as for day-to-day hygiene. Copper holds properties that are sure to kill microorganisms; anti-microbial an agent that kills microorganisms – bacteria, viruses and fungi. Along with inhibiting their further growth.


2018 studies; Copper Development Association-Copper Alliance reports:

Copper Kills Bacteria by the following:

  1. Copper ions dissolved from the copper surface cause cell damage.
  2. The cell membrane ruptures, leading to loss of the cell content.
  3. Copper ions lead to the generation of toxic radicals that cause further damage.
  4. DNA becomes degraded and leaves the cell.

the study provides that copper is safe to use- it is not harmful to people or the environment. This metal is inherently antimicrobial, with no additional chemicals added and completely recyclable.

Check back in on our blog next week as we discuss how Copper Never Wears Out!


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