Could copper help us fight disease and slow down their transmission?
Covid-19 has swept through the world, causing an emergency unlike anything experienced in in most of our lifetimes. This pandemic has left experts scratching their head, wondering what could have been done differently to have mitigated this catastrophe.
At the start of the 21st century, Professor Bill Keevil, the Director of Environmental Healthcare Unit at Southampton University, started to really probe what it was about copper that had made people throughout history recognise its healing potential. He found that the copper ions penetrate bacteria cells and inhibit their respiration. He also discovered that the ions attacked the DNA of the cell and destroyed it making gene transfer no longer possible.