Copper is everywhere. It's one of the most abundant metals found on earth. It’s in our planet's crust, in wires, computers .. and now in our masks. The COVID 19 craze has people hunting for anything and everything to stay safe from the novel virus. So, is copper the answer? Lately, there seems to be skyrocketing demand for anything laced with copper... bed sheets, socks, and even copper-spray coating.
It was just a matter of time before we saw copper arriving as the ultimate protector in our masks and other copper-fit face protectors. Manufacturers are lining up their masks with copper and touting their germ-killing properties. But, before you rush to order your copper-fit face protector, make sure you know whether you're safe. Are copper fit masks safer than ordinary masks? Can copper masks protect you from the COVID-19 virus?
True, Copper Has Antimicrobial Properties
Yes, copper has proven antimicrobial properties. Years of research have revealed that bacteria and viruses are killed on contact when they land on metallic copper surfaces. A more recent study in New England Journal Of Medicine found in a laboratory setting that copper can inactivate a high concentration of the novel coronavirus within four hours.
The use of copper for health and hygiene is nothing new, in fact, it dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt, and doctors today are still learning about the amazing benefits of copper.
According to Edward Bilsky, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, copper can kill germs in a few ways:
-It disrupts bacterial cell membranes — copper ions damage cell membranes or "envelopes" and can destroy the DNA or RNA of the microbe
-It generates oxidative stress on bacterial cells and creates hydrogen peroxide that can kill the cell|
-It interferes with proteins that operate important functions that keep bacterial cells alive
How copper actually interferes with the proteins in bacteria cells still needs study, as it's not fully understood. But the current hypothesis is mis-metalation. "Mis-metalation is the ability of a metal to basically replace another metal," says Michael D. L. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Immunobiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. "Copper can just replace some of the other metals that are present in some of these other proteins [in bacteria] and by doing so, it blocks the function of those proteins."
Can Copper-Fit Face Protector And Masks Protect You From Coronavirus?
The answer is 'yes' and 'no'. Copper infused face masks certainly seem to be safer than regular masks. If the virus lands straight on the copper, chances are they will be killed on contact as study reveals. Studies point that copper is effective against COVID. But there's a good chance that the virus will altogether miss the copper which means the virus can enter your body intact.
Do not bank on copper masks to fully protect you against COVID 19. Please take precautionary measures introduced by the government to stay safe. The current best safety measure we know according to scientific studies and research is the vaccine. Your best shield against COVID 19 is the vaccine.