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The History of Pandemics
on June 10, 2020
The most fatal pandemic in recorded history was the Black Death (also known as The Plague), which killed an estimated 75–200 million people in the 14th century. The Spanish flu is the one we hear today being compared to today's pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID 19). So how does the history of pandemics have anything to do with copper?The history of Pandemics and copper seems to be hitting many of the mainstream magazines and most recently in Vice where they wrote about the Cholera pandemic in 1852. The first observation of copper's role in the immune system was published in 1867, when it was reported that, during the cholera epidemic in Paris, copper workers were immune to the disease.But wait it goes back even further. The first recorded medical use of copper is found in the Smith Papyrus, one of the oldest books known. The Papyrus is an Egyptian medical text, which records the use of copper to sterilize chest wounds and to sterilize drinking water.Today, we have insight into why a person handling copper day in and day out would have protection from a bacterial threat: Copper is antimicrobial. It kills bacteria and viruses, sometimes within minutes. In the 19th century, exposure to copper would have been an early version of copper constantly sanitizing one's hands. This gets many people asking, “Why aren't more things made out of copper?”We are all told to turn to chemical filled hand sanitizers which are very hard to find now. These bottles hold chemicals that most adults can't pronounce. A better alternative exists! You can now arm yourself with an all-natural chemical-free hand sanitizer and never runs out. And unlike chemical hand sanitizers that come in non-reusable plastic bottles, which end up plugging up our landfills; copper lasts forever and won’t end up in landfills. It is not a myth. Science abounds about the power of antimicrobial copper.Recently I boarded a flight and was given a small single-use sample of liquid sanitizer whose protection will last two minutes. As soon as you touch that buckle or tray table, those germs are back on your fingers and hands. My StayWell Copper GermStopper Roller was in my hands during the entire flight keeping me germ free. Makes perfect sense. StayWell Copper is made from a single ingredient: Copper! Good Old Natural Copper!! On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control, costing as much as $50,000 per patient. Most of these infections happen once the patient was admitted. When you look at most surfaces in the hospital and doctor’s offices, these surfaces are made out of plastic and stainless steel allowing germs, bacteria, and viruses to live.It looks like copper has been healing since the dawn of time and it's not going anywhere. In fact, one StayWell Phone Patch or Original GermStopper Hand Roller has the germ-killing power to last thousands of years. Never to be tossed into the landfill but kept and recycled in other households surfaces to keep killing those nasty germs!Copper has been used for centuries to help the human body fight germs. Research the oldest tattoos ever recorded has shown that our ancestors might have used copper tattoos for healing and medicinal purposes. As you might know, the oldest mummy ever discovered, was none other than Ötzi, also known as “The Iceman,” found in 1991 at the Austro-Italian border. His tattoos contained copper, and it is believed they were used to help heal his injuries.Pandemics do repeat! Be smart and learn from the past: Test results show that today's viruses die much more quickly on copper than any other surface! Just think about that! It’s simple; it’s natural; it’s just the way the earth planned for us to fight germs and bacteria.