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Franklin Bronze Precision Components has the capabilities and expertise to cast an antimicrobial, lead free metal, bronze alloy CDA 87850, as door handles, knobs, brackets, fixtures and more to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. Public areas, hospitals and medical facilities can benefit.
According to the EPA, the surfaces of copper and its alloys, such as brass and bronze, are antimicrobial. Copper alloy surfaces have intrinsic properties to destroy a wide range of microorganisms – including COVID-19. On copper alloys, the coronavirus was “rapidly inactivated.” Over 99.9% of E. coli microbes are killed after just 1-2 hours on copper. On stainless steel surfaces, the microbes can survive for weeks. The coronavirus lives on copper for 4 hours, on cardboard for 1 day, and on plastic for 3 days.
Bill Keevil, a professor of environmental healthcare at the University of Southampton in England: “if copper surfaces were put in communal areas where many people gather, it could help reduce the transmission of respiratory viruses, like coronavirus 229E and also SARSCoV2.” Other than hospitals, he thinks the ideal locations for copper are public transportation systems, like buses, airports, subways.
Some prefer not to use copper due to its propensity to tarnish and requires polishing to keep it shining. “But copper is antimicrobial regardless of how grody it looks, if it turns green on you, it still has the ability to kill bacteria and viruses and fungi,” Michael Schmidt, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, who studies copper.