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Copper destroys viruses and bacteria. Why isn’t it everywhere?

8 comments

  1. [2]
    Akir
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    Forgive me if I missed something, but did the author completely pass over the fact that copper is also poison? There are copper pool sanitizers on the market right now, but they are limited to...

    Forgive me if I missed something, but did the author completely pass over the fact that copper is also poison?

    There are copper pool sanitizers on the market right now, but they are limited to releasing something like 1 ppm max because of the health risks.

    Copper went out of fashion not because it gets "groady", but because it is reactive. It won't stay the size and shape forever and will need to be maintained far more often than plastics or other materials.

    4 votes
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    skybrian
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    I've read elsewhere that tarnished copper doesn't work, but it says here that it does. If brass works like the article says then it might be a better option?

    I've read elsewhere that tarnished copper doesn't work, but it says here that it does. If brass works like the article says then it might be a better option?

    2 votes
    1. [5]
      Micycle_the_Bichael
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      I'm not sure. I have a friend who did his thesis on copper complexes as anti-tumor agents. I sent him this article and he shot me some fun facts about copper. He's busy working right now but I'll...

      I'm not sure. I have a friend who did his thesis on copper complexes as anti-tumor agents. I sent him this article and he shot me some fun facts about copper. He's busy working right now but I'll see if I can pick his brain about the article later.

      8 votes
      1. [4]
        wundumguy
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        He still working?

        He still working?

        1 vote
        1. [3]
          babypuncher
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          He clearly has a masters or PhD, so I doubt he's working at a restaurant or other quarantine-impacted business.

          He clearly has a masters or PhD, so I doubt he's working at a restaurant or other quarantine-impacted business.

          2 votes
          1. Loire
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            Most (many?) Universities are currently in full shutdown right now (assuming he's still in academia).

            Most (many?) Universities are currently in full shutdown right now (assuming he's still in academia).

            1 vote
          2. wundumguy
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            I was just wondering if he was still working for the day

            I was just wondering if he was still working for the day

            1 vote