Copper: Public Health

A Cleaner Future

Antimicrobial copper surfaces can help reduce the spread of germs and infection by human touch.

Did you know 80% of infectious diseases are spread by touch? Did you know handrails and doorknobs made of copper can kill bacteria in as quickly as 2 hours? Copper surfaces like these can also reduce infection rates by more than 50%.

Hospital infections are a serious concern. Approximately 2 million people acquire infections while in a hospital or healthcare facility every year.

The spread of infection can be reduced by using antimicrobial copper surfaces. Especially when used in public places such as schools, hospitals, restaurants and public transportation.

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  1. Salgado et al. Copper surfaces reduce the rate of healthcare-acquired infection in the intensive care unit. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2013:34(5)
  2. Tierno, P. The Secret Life of Germs, Atria Books, NY, USA, 2001