At the current state of knowledge, it appears that contact killing proceeds by successive membrane damage, copper influx into the cells, oxidative damage, cell death, and DNA degradation.
The science above has led to rising use of solid copper touch surfaces in healthcare facilities such as hospitals. These are “community” touch surfaces, meaning surfaces that are touched by numerous people. If patients or healthcare workers have pathogens on their fingers and touch a copper surface, they leave some of the pathogens on the copper. The copper kills the pathogens rapidly, which helps protect the next person who touches that surface and helps reduce the spread of the pathogen.
But the person who left some pathogens on the surface still has some on their fingers. People naturally touch their phones and their faces many times a day, so the person may deposit some of the pathogens near their nose before they next wash their hands. From there the pathogens have a short trip to the warm, damp nose where they can accumulate and multiply, make the person ill, and cause the person to later spread pathogens to others, including their families.
But now we can naturally protect our bodies and devices with StayWell Copper. We have unlocked the secret and are so happy to share it with you and your loved ones.