Copper with its anti-microbial elements cannot help cure Ebola but certainly prevents the spread of the deadly Ebola virus when frequently-touched surfaces, such as door handles, taps and light switches are replaced with copper copper or copper alloy equivalents, says a study.
In a research study by the University of Southampton in Britain, it was found that the engineering materials with intrinsic hygiene benefits could be a valuable addition to the available measures adopted to contain the spread of the virus.
“Based on our research on viruses of similar genetic structure, we expect copper surfaces to inactivate Ebola, and to help control the spread of this virus if employed for publicly-used touch surfaces,” said Bill Keevil, professor at the University of Southampton.
Peer-reviewed and published data from laboratory studies conducted by Keevil demonstrates copper’s ability to rapidly and completely inactivate norovirus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, or through exposure to contaminated objects.
Anti-microbial copper surfaces have been described as a ‘no touch’ solution, meaning that no special measures or human intervention are required for it to continuously kill pathogens, in between regular cleans.
With this in mind, the use of anti-microbial copper surfaces could offer an additional method of controlling the current spread of Ebola. However, unless already installed with copper material, the study is unlikely to help contain the disease in poor and developing countries.