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Show Me The Copper: What makes our copper-infused face mask stand out?

Are copper face masks really worth it? Should I buy a copper face mask? Is this just a craze? Where is the proof? How much copper is there?
  • We are here to provide our expertise and thoughts to help separate fact from fiction. What do you really need to know before making your decision is crucial. There is enough confusion from government and health bodies about whether to wear face coverings, face masks and non-medical face masks so let us try and help clear things up.
  • There are a few types of copper masks on the market, but it is important to know who you are buying off and verify the credibility behind the science.
What makes Copper Clothing Different?
  • We are at the forefront of research and development into the use of anti-microbial materials across sectors and not just recently launched because of Coronavirus.
  • Our team of experts are working to build a new wave of products that have to be rigorously tested in order to meet strict regulatory guidelines. Subsequent to this very research and development we are finding applications of our technology into various everyday products from pyjamas which have been independently tested, destroying 99.999% of MRSA through to our fabric in the gloves which destroyed 99.99% of Bovine Coronavirus, part of the same family of viruses as SARS, MERS and COVID19, in under 10 minutes.
  • Copper Clothing have been around long before COVID-19 and we are focused on showcasing the role our technology can play in helping protect people across the world against infections even after COVID-19.
Why Copper?
  • Copper is an essential trace element that is vital to the health of all living things. In humans, copper is essential to the proper functioning of organs and metabolic processes. It is completely safe and has been used throughout history.
  • In February 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the registration of 275 antimicrobial copper alloys. By April 2011, that number expanded to 355. This permits public health claims that copper, brass and bronze are capable of killing harmful, potentially deadly bacteria. Copper is the first solid surface material to receive this type of EPA registration, which is supported by extensive antimicrobial efficacy testing.
  • Heavy metals including gold and silver are antibacterial, but copper’s specific atomic makeup gives it extra killing power. Copper has a free electron in its outer orbital shell of electrons that easily takes part in oxidation-reduction reactions (which also makes the metal a good conductor). As a result, it becomes a “molecular oxygen grenade.” Silver and gold don’t have the free electron, so they are less reactive and therefore not as powerful as Copper in destroying bacteria, fungi and viruses.
  • Known worldwide copper resources are estimated at nearly 5.8 trillion pounds of which only about 0.7 trillion pounds (12%) have been mined throughout history… and nearly all of that is still in circulation, because copper’s recycling rate is higher than that of any other engineering metal.
Cheaper is not Always Better
  • Something unique which separates our mask from other masks in the market is the copper content. Every single thread in the first layer of our four-layer copper-infused face mask are infused with copper ions.
  • When comparing copper-infused masks it is worthwhile understanding the level of copper content, this will not only impact the price but most importantly the effectiveness of the anti-microbial properties of the mask. The higher the copper content the more effective the product will be in destroying bacteria, fungi and viruses.
  • We are very particular and want to ensure our customers know they have the best products on the market. Intertek, the leading LSE listed independent product testing company, carried out the test to showcase how much copper is in the first outer layer of the face mask.
  • Click here to see independent lab test result by Intertek

Four-Layers of Protection 

  • We are a firm believer in more layers is better than one! Most other masks including copper alternatives are single layer 3-ply equivalents or double layer.
  • Furthermore and perhaps most importantly, we have spent time sourcing each individual layer that makes up your copper-infused mask including using KN99 filtration material which was independently tested to show that over 99% filtration of particles.
  • The KN99 filtration layer has been specially sourced to ensure that it does not impact the global required needed for front line healthcare workers.
  • Click here to see our copper-infused face mask filtration certificate link

Minimal Leakage

  • Unlike other copper-infused face masks being sold, ours is built to provide an airtight seal to minimize inward leakage.
  • The adjustable ear toggles and malleable metal strip that sits on the bridge of your nose are features to ensure the comforting fit and allow the mask to be tightened in order to create a more fitted mould around your face.

These are some of the special features which make this one of the most highly sort-after masks to help you get back to the new normal post lockdown as seen in wired.

Our Story: The future of disease prevention

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” #stevejobs

It is not everyday you come across an idea, that eureka moment, that has the potential to redefine how we as society have been taught to think and have that opportunity to really revolutionise the lives of people across the world regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or religion.

What started, like most absurd ideas, as a simple back of the envelope drawing late one evening in 2012, using a natural element that has been used throughout history by civilisations across the globe to combat infections, as a last resort option to save a precious family dog from being put down after antibiotics had failed to work. Has now transformed into a family run company based in the UK leading copper-infused technological innovations to reduce and prevent the spread of infections in everyday lives across the globe.

Through our research and development over the last 8 years, working with partners like the NHS, globally established independent testing laboratories & top tier universities across the UK, we have been able to showcase the antimicrobial and potentially life-saving characteristics of this simple element Copper.

Providing a unique platform for our thousands of customers to harness the #powerofcopper and use in their everyday lives as the first layer of defence to protect their family and friends.

This is just the start of our special journey ahead!

Q&A:  

Have you really been involved with NHS trials with Copper?

Yes, we are focused on driving an impactful change in the healthcare sector. Not only through consumer products but actually led by our research and development in the heavily regulated medical device industry. We are investing heavily in testing and developing the next wave of front line tools for medical professionals around the world to use to reduce infections in a clinical setting.

As part of this, we have run multiple clinical studies with a UK NHS Trust which have subsequently been published in high impact medical journals as well as funding a range of other specialist projects across sectors to make a positive impact on the world with our patented innovation.

 

 

 

Copper Infused Face Mask – Tips and Tricks

Buying a new product is always an exciting time! But sometimes being one of the first around the world to have the product can also be quite daunting. Don’t fear, we are here to help.

Question 1: Washing – the do’s and do not’s

How do I wash the Mask and how often?

  • The Mask needs to be washed in distilled or cooled boiled water. Boil the kettle and let it rest for 15 minutes. Soak the Mask and rub gently.
  • Stubborn stains such as Make Up will not be removed, please bear this in mind when wearing the Mask.
  • It may appear to be unsightly but it is a personal Mask to you as long as you wash it as we have suggested, once a week or after 30 -40 hours of wear, it will not detract from the performance of your mask.

Tip: If you wear makeup, a piece of clinical gauze, Place the gauze in the mask as a barrier to stop makeup soiling the white fabric inside the mask.

Why can’t we wash it in the washing machine?

  • Various areas have various amounts of chalk and lime in their water, this is called, hard or soft water, along with the detergent added to blocking the filtration you will be left with a mask that looks good and feels great but will have no efficacy.
  • Please bear in mind some viruses are up to 400 times smaller than bacteria’s, imagine for one second the engineering that goes into the filtration system, this cannot be washed in any water with any soap.

Why can I only wash the Mask in distilled or cool boiled water?

  • We recommend that you do not wash in hot water because of the dimensional change.

Tip: How to Wash Your KN99 Face Mask to Retain Filtration Efficiency:

  1. DO NOT use any washing liquid or detergents
  2. Use distilled water or boiled water left to rest for 15 minutes
  3. Soak the face mask for at least 5 minutes whilst gently massaging, NOT hard rubbing
  4. Squeeze out excess water and lay the face mask flat to dry naturally

Question 2: The A-Z of copper content

How much Copper is actually in the Mask?

  • Every single fibre of yarn in the front layer of grey material contains copper.
  • You may find cheaper “copper-infused” alternatives, however cheaper is not often better in this case, cheaper most likely will have a direct impact on the level of copper content present infused in the garment. We, at Copper Clothing, are infusing the right balance of Copper ions to ensure effectiveness in protection against bacteria, fungi and viruses.

How do we know that there is copper in our Mask?

  • We are very particular and want to ensure our customers know they have the best products on the market. Intertek, the leading LSE listed independent product testing company, carried out the test to showcase how much copper is in the first outer layer of the face mask.
  • Click here to see independent lab test result by Intertek.

Will the Copper ever wash out?

  • Copper unlike Silver we not wash out. Copper is not soluble, Silver is.
  • Our technology bonds copper ions into the fabric on a molecular level. Our wash tests on our copper-infused fabrics highlight that only o.3 ppm of copper wash out after 40 washes and dries, meaning the benefits of copper will last the lifetime of the product.

Tip: Try the copper sock smell challenge like Dr Hilary Jones did. Did you know sweat is actually is odourless, it is the bacteria that live as part of our natural skin flora which breaks down sweat causing the bad smell associated with sweat. The copper ions infused in our fabrics are self-sanitizing keeping your garments fresher for longer. 

Question 3: The complex world of Mask Filters

How good is the filtration material in my Face Mask?

  • We were very specific when designing the face mask that we used the highest level filtration material we could get our hands.
  • Tests carried out at an independent product testing lab highlights that this material surpassed 99% filtration efficiency across a number of randomly chosen samples from the production line. Making the mask equivalent to KN99.

Why is your Mask more expensive than any others?

  • Other Masks such as 3-ply surgical masks are not designed to be worn for more than 4 hours and need to be replaced frequently for your protection. They are also known to carry viruses and bacteria’s on the front of the mask for up to 7 days.
  • A recent report published in the journal Lancet found the virus lasted on the outside of a surgical mask for 7 days.  
  • Our Mask is antiviral, washable, reusable many times over, without allowing any microbe to harbour upon the front of the mask.
  • There is no such thing that we know of to date that can claim an all in one encompassing claim, of being Anti-microbial yet washable for as many times for the life of the product.

Question 4: Getting the perfect fit!

Don’t forget your plastic ear size adjustment toggles!

  • The objective of the Mask is not to let any viruses slip down the side or any of the curves on your face.
  • Our Mask is very different from normal 3-ply surgical masks, which in most professional’s opinion do nothing. except give a false sense of security.
  • The specially added plastic ear toggles are important for a personal fit to ensure the face mask forms the barrier needed to create a filtered pocket of air for you.
  • It is pointless wearing a mask altogether if it does not have a good grade filter and becomes heavy through exhaled moistened breath, the normal face mask will drag down your face at this point as well as can carry the disease for 7 days.

How important is fitting the Mask?

  • We are here to try and protect your health and not here to try and sell you a face mask that has no efficacy against bacteria and viruses.
  • The Mask is washable and reusable. It has the same effect time after time. (If used and washed correctly). Please take note of our ‘Fitting Instructions’ below:

Tip: How to correctly fit your Face Mask?

Click here –  Video: How to put on your copper-infused face mask

Before wearing or taking off your face mask it is good hygiene to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.

1 – Wash/sanitise your hands before opening the packaging and remove the Mask gently.

2 – Open the Mask and feel for the metal bar, this is the top of the Mask and is designed to fit around the bridge of the nose. The Copper Clothing label will be on the left side when wearing the Mask.

3 – Pull the ear loops down so the toggle is placed at the bottom of the Mask on both sides.

4 – Move the toggle in towards the Mask for 1-2 cms. This is in preparation for fitting the Mask perfectly.

5 – Place the Mask on your face. Put the ear loops around your ears, fit the nose bar so it is moulded around the bridge of your nose.

6 – Finally pull in the toggles on each ear loop to ensure and personal ergonomic fit.

Tip: Shift the ear toggles of the face mask to the bottom of the mask by moving the ear loop counter-clockwise. Now when you tighten the mask it will not only provide a more comforting fit around the ears when wearing but also and most importantly it will create a tighter seal along the chin when wearing for greater comfort & protection. 

How Compression Gear Helps You Get Most Out of Your Training

In the last few years, there has been a growing popularity of compression gear – more and more people, both amateurs and professionals, are seen in compression gear during workout classes and various sports activities.  

The compression clothing is designed to be worn before, during, and after workouts or any sports activities to improve blood circulation, reduce soreness, remove toxins, reduce recovery time, and improve performance.

The science behind compression wear is pretty simple. 

The compression gear exerts a tightening force on the muscles and internal tissues of the body. This pressure improves blood flow and helps you in the following ways: 

Minimizes Vibrations in the Muscles

When you jump or run, tiny vibrations run through your muscles. When these vibrations occur repeatedly, they cause microtrauma to the muscles, leading to fatigue and soreness soon after. Compression garments tightly hug your body and keep your muscles in place when you workout, ensuring reduced pain and stiffness. 

Reduces Lactic Acid Formation

When you are exercising, the oxygen and nutrients get depleted from the blood. With less oxygen in the blood, the body starts producing lactate, which is then converted to energy. The excess unused amount of lactate can get accumulated in the extremities and can cause soreness of the muscles. 

Compression clothing uses a graduated tightness that forms a snug fit around the ankle and the feet and gets gradually loose around your core. This graduated compression helps the depleted blood move quickly back to the heart, thereby preventing lactic acid accumulation. 

Eliminates Blisters

A blister can delay your recovery. Compression gear provides targeted padding and is designed to reduce friction and blister formation. 

Regulates Temperature

When you exercise in extreme heat, heat cramps can happen. The cold weather can contract or tighten your muscles. Compression clothing helps in regulating your body temperature – it helps your body to cool down when it’s hot and warm up when it’s cold.

The takeaway

Compression apparel helps prevent strain/sprain, reduce muscle fatigue, give comfort during hot or cold conditions, and provide higher oxygenation levels to your muscles. Plus, it helps to keep your joints well-aligned and your form in top shape, thus reducing the risk of injury. 

If you want to get the most of your training and recover faster, shop for compression clothing here and get back in the game stronger than before. 

10 Ways to Optimize Your Post-Workout Recovery

For many people, the gym is the place where the real magic happens. But in fact, the real magic does not happen in the gym but out of it. When you workout, your body breaks down physically – it breaks the muscle fibers, the connective tissues, and also your immune system. But when you rest, your body recovers and repairs all those damaged muscle tissues and ensures you come back stronger than ever before.

Adopt these ten habits for post-workout recovery to benefit more from your workouts and kick your fitness up a notch.

  1. Wear Compression Clothing

    Compression clothing can be worn during your workout to prevent rashes and chafing. But the real benefit of it is post-workout. Compression clothing is form-fitting garments that help you get rid of pain from muscle soreness and stiffness and also help reduce the time the body takes to repair the muscles.  

    Copper Clothing features copper compression products like copper compression socks, gloves, undergarments, etc. that are infused with copper to help tired and sore muscles recover faster while keeping moisture and microorganisms at bay.

  2. Get Plenty of Sleep

    Good sleep is one of the most effective yet simplest tips for muscle recovery. Make sleep a part of your workout regime and train your body to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

  3. Keep Your Body Well-Hydrated

    If your muscles are dehydrated, they are more prone to getting injured, leading to painful muscle spasms and cramps. If your body is well-hydrated, during and after a workout, it gets rid of toxins and prevents dehydration. 

  4. Eat Healthy Food

    Workouts deplete your energy. If you expect your body to recover faster, you need to replenish the lost energy. Try to eat high-protein foods and carbohydrates within 60 minutes of the end of your workout.

  5. Take Magnesium Supplements

    A body with a low level of magnesium experiences cramping, spasms, and muscle tension. Magnesium boosts your body’s ability to synthesize proteins that help your muscle growth. Take magnesium supplements to speed up the recovery process by promoting proper muscle and nerve function. 

  6. Avoid Overtraining

    If you have been lifting weights and performing high-intensity exercises, it’s important that you take some time off to initiate the muscle recovery phase. The muscle recovery phase is important because it is during this time; your body will rebuild and re-energize your muscles. 

  7. Stretch 

    Stretching is one of the best muscle recovery tips to follow to prevent future injuries. Your muscle tightens as you exercise. Stretching every day, relaxes the muscle stiffness and decreases its soreness the next day. 

  8. Take an Ice/Cold bath

    After an intense workout, have cold water or an ice bath. It instantly reduces muscle soreness and inflammation and helps you recover faster. 

  9. Massage the Sore Muscles

    A massage not only improves blood circulation but also makes you feel good. Foam rollers can be a great help here. Run the foam rollers over your sore muscles when you wake up, before going to bed and before your workout. The rollers increase the blood flow, relax the muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and break up scar tissue and knots. 

  10. Include Light Resistance Exercises at the End of the Workout Session

    Add a few light resistance exercises, such as yoga, walking, swimming, etc. to the end of your workout. This increases your blood flow and the nutrients to the muscles after the training session. It helps remove waste products like lactic acid that can prolong the muscle recovery process, repair the muscles, and refuel faster. 

Listen to What Your Body Wants for a Faster Recovery

If you pay close attention to your body, it will let you what it needs and when it needs it to recover faster.

Get compression clothing for faster post-workout muscle recovery from Copper Clothing. Explore your options here.

Frequently Asked Questions: Copper Infused Face Masks

Why Should You Consider Wearing a Face Mask?

Studies of influenza, influenza-like illness, and human coronaviruses provide evidence that the use of a medical mask can prevent the spread of infectious droplets from an infected person to someone else and potential contamination of the environment by these droplets.

The role of a face mask is to provide a physical barrier to help prevent the spread of infections. This preventative measure is recommended to be used alongside other preventative measures, like hand-washing and social distancing, in order to significantly reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission.

Can I Choose Not to Wear a Face Mask?

The clear answer is YES, but depending on where you live. There are mixed opinions amongst Governments across the world which is causing a great deal of confusion.

Although all government bodies agree that personal protective equipment should be worn by healthcare professionals, the conflicting rules arise when talking about rules for the public to follow.  More than 30 countries, including Germany, China and South Korea, have mandated face coverings outdoors for the public – they have seen it as a critical step especially considering most countries are now planning for a lockdown exit strategy. Although the UK and US government has not yet followed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to follow the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidance that the public should wear cloth masks or other face coverings when they go out.

What Should You Consider When Choosing a Face Mask?

The World Health Organisation recommends the following features should be taken into consideration for non-medical masks:

  1. Numbers of layers of fabric
  2. The breathability of material used
  3. Shape of mask
  4. Fit of mask

Why Infuse Copper into a Face Mask?

Copper alloys have been used throughout history as a natural, safe and long term anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral material. There is a substantial amount of scientific and clinical evidence to now showcase the power of copper ions in the fight against infections.

In 1852 Victor Burq discovered those working with copper had far fewer deaths to cholera than anyone else and did extensive research confirming this. In 1867 he presented his findings to the French Academies of Science and Medicine, informing them that putting copper on the skin was effective at preventing someone from getting cholera.

The anti-microbial effect of Copper ions have since been documented, in peer-reviewed published scientific & medical journals, to destroy the HIV-1 (virus) by more than 99.9% in only 20 minutes, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) by 99.9% in only 20 minutes, 99.9% of aerosol viruses such as Influenza (H1N1 / H9N2) as well being known to destroy Coronavirus.

Not many people are aware of how much technology has advanced, we are able to now infuse copper ions into various materials including cotton and rubber. Therefore transferring the power of anti-microbial copper into everyday items – making them the first layer of defence for you and your loved ones.

How Many Layers Are There in the Copper Infused KN99 Face Mask?

There are four layers which make up the copper-infused kn99 face mask for maximum protection and comfort.

What is the Role of the First Layer?

The primary layer of cotton is infused with copper ions for anti-bacterial and anti-viral protection. Coronavirus has been reported to live on the outside of medical face masks for up to 7 days. This unique innovation using Copper ions is to help enhance the level of protection and help reduce the risk of spreading the infection that normal face masks (single-use and reusable) cannot provide.

What is the Role of the Second Layer?

The secondary filtration layer is designed to block finer particulate matter for maximum protection. Lab tests conducted on the filtration material highlighted that more than 99% of fine particulate matter was blocked equivalent to KN99 standards. Which is the Chinese equivalent to N99 or FFP3 in the US and Europe respectively.

Surgical Mask Filtration Standards

What is the Role of the Third Layer?

The third layer is made up of a cotton filter lining. The 3D space between them allows superior ventilation and improved moisture absorption.

What is the Role of the Fourth Layer?

The fourth final layer in the Copper KN99 face mask is made of 100% pure, high quality, skin-friendly cotton fabric for comfort.

How Should You Wash the Copper Infused KN99 Face Mask?

It is absolutely imperative to look after the KN99 filtration layer in order to retain the quality and functionality of the mask.

Step 1: Do not use any washing liquid or detergents and most certainly never use a bleach

Step 2: Pour distilled water or boiled water (left to rest for 15 minutes) in a bowl

Step 3: Soak the face mask for at least 5 minutes in the bowl whilst gently massaging, NOT hard rubbing

Step 4: Squeeze out any excess water and lay the mask flat to dry naturally

How Often Should You Wash the Copper Infused Face Mask?

It is advisable to wash your face mask at least once a week but depending on preference can be washed more or less frequently.

How Long Will the Copper Infused Layer Last for?

While the benefits of Copper are known to last the lifetime of the product. Wash tests on copper fabrics indicate only 3 parts per million (0.0003%) of Copper ions are lost after 40 washes highlighting how durable the technology is. This is an extremely negligible amount and highlights the power of copper will not be lost.

It is also important to note that in 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) recognized copper as the first antimicrobial metal, approving the registrations of five different groups of copper alloys as “antimicrobial materials” with public health benefits.

This cannot be said for nano-silver infused products which are being banned by various governmental and public bodies, including the EPA, given the significant negative environmental impact when it leaches into water streams.

How Long Will the Secondary Filteration Layer Last for?

Providing the face mask is properly cared for and looked after, the filtration layer of the mask is expected to work up to 50 washes. The KN99 material filter is the most sensitive part of the mask. Therefore, it is important that you follow the washing instructions carefully for your mask to last.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Mask Management Guidance: 

For any type of mask, appropriate use and disposal are essential to ensure that they are effective and to avoid any increase in transmission.

The following information on the correct use of masks is derived from practices in health care settings.

  • Place the mask carefully, ensuring it covers the mouth and nose, and tie it securely to minimize any gaps between the face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
  • Remove the mask using the appropriate technique: do not touch the front of the mask but untie it from behind.
  • After removal or whenever a used mask is inadvertently touched, clean hands using an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Replace masks as soon as they become damp with a new clean, dry mask.
  • Do not re-use single-use masks.
  • Discard single-use masks after each use and dispose of them immediately upon removal.

Note: For hygiene and safety reasons, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, we are unable to process return requests for open and used face masks.

All face masks purchased from www.copperclothing.com can only be refunded if returned unopened, unused, and in original packaging.

Types of Face Masks and How to Use Them

Wearing a face mask may not be an iron-clad guarantee against getting sick. But a mask is effective in capturing droplets, which is the main source of the transmission of the Coronavirus.

If you are in the vicinity of someone who is infected, wearing a mask is the safest way for you to stay protected. In case you have symptoms of the Coronavirus or have been diagnosed, wearing a mask can prevent the disease from getting passed on to those around you.

The use of face masks or face coverings is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with careful hand washing and social distancing by the public will help prevent the transmission of the virus and save lives.

With all the information about the kind of masks and what protection you should use to stay safe during the pandemic that’s going around, it is important for you to know what kind of mask will best suit your needs.
Let us understand what all these new face masks / respirator terms mean:

Mask vs Respirator

What is the difference between a face mask and respirator?

  • Masks cover the nose and mouth and are loose-fitting
  • They are designed for one way protection to capture bodily fluids from leaving the wearer

Respirators

  • They are tight fitting masks designed to create a facial seal
  • They have two way protection and filter both the inflow and outflow of air

KN95 vs N95 vs FFP2

The most commonly discussed respirator type is N95. This is an American standard managed by NIOSH – part of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Europe uses two different standards. The “filtering facepiece” score (FFP) comes from EN standard 149:2001. Then EN 143 standard covers P1/P2/P3 ratings. Both standards are maintained by CEN (European Committee for Standardization).

According to 3M documentation

– “it is reasonable to consider China KN95, AS/NZ P2, Korea 1st Class, and Japan DS FFRs as equivalent to US NIOSH N95 and European FFP2 respirators”.

Respirator Standard Filter Capacity (removes x% of all particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter or larger)
FFP1 & P1 At least 80%
FFP2 & P2 At least 94%
KN95, N95 At least 95%
KN99, N99 & FFP3 At least 99%

The three most common types of masks that exist and how they can help.

1. FFP1: 3 ply surgical face masks
These are the most common masks you see around you today. They offer the least filtering of all masks and are used as surgical masks or dusk masks at home. It is important to note that a surgical mask will not prevent the wearer against airborne infections, but are primarily designed to protect vulnerable patients from spreading their germs when coughing, sneezing, speaking.

2. FFP2 / KN95 / N95
These respirator masks have a 94-95% filtration percentage and are mainly used by healthcare professionals for protection against influenzas. Currently, they are used for protection against the Coronavirus.

3. FFP3 / KN99 / N99 and above: The Gold Standard as far as face protection goes
They are effective in preventing droplets of moisture from passing through their filters. If someone who sneezes has a viral infection wearing a KN99 mask, it will provide them protection from spreading the disease to others. This mask is most effective in spreading respiratory diseases.

What extra protection could Copper in a face mask provide?

Copper has been used throughout history as the first layer of protection against bacteria, viruses and fungi. There is a vast amount of research and published evidence globally highlighting the effectiveness of how copper can be used to prevent the next pandemic.

The globally renowned Lancet Medical Journal recently published a report highlighting that the Coronavirus lasted on the outside of a surgical mask for 7 days

Masks made by Copper Clothing infuse copper into the first outer layer of fabric, to help aide stopping the transmission of bacteria and viruses than non-copper face masks. Now if someone sneezes of coughs around you the 99% filter combined with the unique copper outer layer will help protect you from the transmission of germs.

Another recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine found that the Coronavirus can live on cardboard for 24 hours, and on plastic and steel for up to 72 hours, and only up to 4 hours on Copper metal surfaces.

Copper Clothing’s copper-infused fabric is known by studies conducted by Professor Bill Keevil of the University of Southampton, to kill superbugs (MRSA) faster than copper metal itself within the first 30-40 minutes of contact, effectively showcasing the power of copper in everyday products.

Most importantly, unlike other non-copper face masks, the copper-infused masks are completely re-usable and washable making them perfect for long term use. The copper ions are bonded on a molecular level, meaning they are known to last the lifetime of the product.

Note that with all types of face masks it is important to combine with good hand hygiene practices before putting on and taking off the face mask.

Using a face mask is only effective if you know how to use one properly. Here are some tips to do so:

  1. Clean your hands with soap and water before putting on the mask
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there is no gap between your face and the mask.
  3. Avoid touching the mask while using it. If you do touch it, clean your hands with soap and water.
  4. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp.
  5. To remove the mask, remove it from behind, discard in a closed bin and wash your hands with soap and water.

We hope you stay safe, remain indoors, and practice good hygiene to make it safely through this pandemic.

Are You Safe From Coronavirus While Using Public Transport?

The Coronavirus doesn’t respect any boundaries and has a high infection rate. In the wake of the spread of the virus, hygiene in the public transports has come under scrutiny.

The transport hubs were always known to be infection hotspots. Viruses are spread largely via droplets that settle on shared surfaces. People, when they touch these contaminated surfaces contract the virus from their hands to their face and then into their system.

Planes, trains, and buses are perfect environments for viruses like Coronavirus to thrive and spread its diseases.

Pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses are lurking in secrecy in the transport hubs. Some evidence:

  1. Tubes and Trains

    A research study published in BMC Infectious Diseases found that people using public transport in densely populated cities during flu outbreaks were up to six times more likely to catch an acute respiratory infection. Those most susceptible were people who commute for long hours or use busy interchange stations. This is mainly because these people come into contact with more shared surfaces than other people.

    coronavirus public transport
    Image credit: Telegraph

    It was also found that boroughs with fewer tube stations tend to have higher infection rates, as these stops are more crowded than others.

  2. Airports

    In 1918, the Spanish Flu pandemic infection spread across borders through ships and ports. Today, airports are responsible for turning a local epidemic into a global pandemic.
    Surprisingly, the highest risk areas in airports are security checks. The University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare published a study that found almost 50% of the plastic luggage trays at security checks were hotbeds for germs that can cause at least one respiratory disease such as influenza or a common cold.

    These trays were found to have more germs than the airport toilets. This shouldn’t be surprising because these trays are shared by people, thousands of times over and they are seldom washed. Over time, they collect detritus from people’s belongings and pockets and are host to some of the deadliest microorganisms.

    A study published in BMC Infectious Diseases journal found the following airport areas to present a higher risk of catching a viral infection:

    • armrests of seats in the waiting area
    • chip and pin paying machines at airport pharmacies
    • handrails on escalators
  3. Buses and Trams

    In 2011, BMC Infectious Diseases conducted a study that revealed that people using buses and trams for their daily commute are exposed to almost six-fold increased risk of developing an influenza-like infection during flu season. Another study in Houston conducted in the same year found that commuters who spend more than an hour a day on the bus are eight times more likely to contract TB.

With Coronavirus threatening to run riot in the world, here’s how you can keep yourself safe from the scourge while travelling in public transport.

  • Coronavirus is large in size with a cell diameter of 400-500 micro. Any mask can prevent its entry into your system. So, wear masks while travelling.
  • The virus does not remain suspended in the air for long. It eventually settles down on the ground. When it falls on a metal surface such as a doorknob or handrails, it can survive for 12 hours. A simple routine of washing your hands with soap and water as soon as you reach your destination after exiting from public transport can kill the virus.
  • When Coronavirus falls on the fabric like fabric seats, clothes, etc. it remains alive for 9 hours. Being exposed to the sun for two hours or washing your clothes after your travel can kill the virus.
  • The Coronavirus lives on the hands for 10 minutes. While travelling and also otherwise, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Don’t even bite your nails. A good hand rub of an alcohol sterilizer can kill the virus. Make sure to keep a hand sanitizer in the pocket when travelling. A hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of 75%+ is more effective in killing the virus. Wearing hand gloves can also help in preventing the virus from entering your system. Copper-infused gloves can give you better protection from the virus.
  • The virus thrives in cold regions but is killed when exposed to a temperature of 26-27 ° C. So, drink hot water and be exposed to the sun whenever possible. Avoid eating ice cream and eating raw or uncooked food.
  • Avoid sitting next to a passenger who shows signs of cold, such as coughing and sneezing.
  • As a habit, check your seat before you sit down. Avoid sitting in a seat that is visibly soiled. Ask the attendant to assign another seat to you.

How Could Copper Infused Gloves Protect You From Coronavirus

When you hold the doorknob or the subway pole with hand gloves on, the germs prevalent on the surfaces are transferred to your gloves instead of your skin. This provides temporary insulation from the live virus, bacteria or fungi. But when you touch the outside of your glove with your fingers or mouth, these organisms can travel into your system. You can prevent this from happening if you substitute your regular hand gloves with copper-infused gloves.

There are many published peer-reviewed scientific journey to show copper material has the ability to destroy 99.9% of bacteria, fungi and viruses within minutes upon contact. How?

  • Upon contact, copper ions rupture and penetrate the cell wall.
  • Once inside the cell, the copper ions attack the microbe’s DNA, inactivating it and then eventually killing it.
  • This is why global anti-microbial research indicates that copper could be used in the battle against anti-microbial resistance, as the microbe is not able to build resistance

In 2014, it funded research to test the effectiveness of viricidal activity of the copper fabric on bovine Coronavirus. The test was conducted by a specialist viral Laboratory of Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology. The viricidal activity of the treated material was evaluated by comparing the viricidal activity of the non-treated material. The study found that copper-infused fabric can effectively fight the virus and destroy it.

In summary, the difference observed between the materials tested is based on the inactivation process during the 10-minute drying process (reduction factor of 3.94 log of the treated Copper material and 1.13 log of the untreated material)

Please Note: this test was against the human surrogate of Coronavirus (part of the Coronavirus family of viruses). It has not yet been tested specifically against the COVID-19 strain of the Coronavirus family.

 

Covid 19

Can copper-infused fabric destroy Coronavirus?

Studies and peer-reviewed publications around the world are highlighting the virucidal properties of Copper materials.

Copper Clothing Limited, is a company that incorporates anti-microbial copper formulations into fabrics, such as beds, bed sheets, socks, masks, gloves, pyjamas, etc., and sells them to consumers. In 2014, it funded research to test the effectiveness of viricidal activity of the copper fabric on bovine Coronavirus. The test was conducted by a specialist viral Laboratory of Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology. The viricidal activity of the treated material was evaluated by comparing the viricidal activity of the non-treated material. The study found that copper-infused fabric can effectively fight the virus and destroy it.

In summary, the difference observed between the materials tested is based on the inactivation process during the 10-minute drying process (reduction factor of 3.94 log of the treated Copper material and 1.13 log of the untreated material)

Please Note: this test was against the human surrogate of Coronavirus (part of the Coronavirus family of viruses). It has not yet been tested specifically against the COVID-19 strain of the Coronavirus family.

Log Results Explained:

copper fabrics are antimicrobial

Copper has been used throughout history for its anti-microbial properties. Copper Clothing had one of its fabrics, that is used to make our bed wear, tested using the University of Southampton which resulted in a 6.7 log reduction against MRSA. For example, if 1,000,000 MRSA bacteria came in to contact with Copper material, only 1 bacteria would survive, This is what we call a reduction of 99.9999%

Copper fabrics are known to be antimicrobial and could be used in everyday products to destroy any bacteria and viruses as there have been recent tests to show it destroys, HIV Virus, Influenza Virus and Coronavirus

 

All About Coronavirus: Can Copper Help

According to the New York Times, China’s Health Commission reported 361 deaths nationwide due to the 2019-nCoV outbreak as of Feb 2, 2020, which is a type of Coronavirus. The Coronavirus outbreak is very serious. It’s not just China’s problem anymore; it has captured the world’s attention. The Coronavirus is detected in other countries prompting the Chinese government to quarantine, Wuhan, the world’s seventh-largest city.

The virus spreads via aerosol and direct contact. The latest reports also indicate that the ocular route is a key mechanism for infection. This has sparked new interest in copper-infused clothing, which has shown promising results in killing the virus.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus belongs to a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. This virus is known to infect people to cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe ones such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new strain of the Coronavirus that causes severe respiratory diseases and was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019.

What are the common symptoms of Coronavirus?

Coronavirus can cause mild symptoms, such as sore throat, runny nose, fever, and cough. It can be severe or even fatal in some people, leading to pneumonia, difficulty in breathing, and death.

Who is at risk for Coronavirus infections?

While there is much to learn about how Coronavirus affects people, the following appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus:

  • Older people
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • People living or travelling in an area where the Coronavirus is circulating
  • People who have recently travelled from abroad or who have been in close contact with those travellers.
  • Health workers who are responsible for taking care of people who are infected with Coronavirus.

How are Coronavirus infections diagnosed?

Doctors analyse the patient’s respiratory specimens and the serum isolated from the blood to test for Coronavirus infections. Although diagnostic tests for the novel Coronavirus are being developed, its accuracy and specificity for the virus are not yet verified. Once that’s confirmed, these diagnostic kits will be available in the healthcare facilities worldwide.

What are the treatments for Coronavirus infections? Can Coronavirus infections be prevented?

There is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat Coronavirus. However, people infected should receive optimised supportive care to relieve and treat symptoms.

How to protect yourself from getting infected with the Coronavirus

    • Wash your hands with soap and water often, or use an alcohol-based hand rub to eliminate the virus if it is present on your hands.
    • Maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet or 1 metre between yourself and other people, especially from the ones with cold symptoms. A person infected with Coronavirus can project small droplets of the virus when they sneeze or cough, and if you are too close, you can easily breathe in the virus.
    • If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing, seek medical help immediately. Let your healthcare know if you have travelled from abroad or have been in close contact with someone who is from abroad or has been to abroad and is suffering from respiratory symptoms. It’s essential to get prompt medical attention if you have respiratory symptoms.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Your hands touch many things or surfaces that can be contaminated with the virus. If the contaminated hands touch your eyes, mouth, or nose, the virus can be easily transmitted into your system. In order to prevent the transmission of coronavirus, one could wear copper-infused gloves or copper-infused masks.

Can copper-fabrics destroy viruses? 

Copper has been known for its anti-microbial powers for more than a century. Now, technology allows the metal to be woven into fabrics.

In many published medical journals, it has been shown and proven that copper fabrics can and do destroy HIV-1 (virus) by more than 99.9% in only 20 minutes, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) by 99.9% in only 20 minutes, 99.9% of aerosol viruses such as Influenza (H1N1 / H9N2) as well being known to destroy Coronavirus.

It can, says a study conducted by Dr. Brill and Dr. Steinmann

Copper Clothing Limited, in 2014, funded research to test the effectiveness of virucidal activity of the copper fabric on bovine Coronavirus immediately after the MERS (the MERS coronavirus) deaths in the Middle East. The test was conducted by an independent specialised virology lab in Germany. The virucidal activity of the copper material was evaluated and compared against the virucidal activity of the non-copper material. The study found that copper-infused fabric can effectively fight the virus and destroy it.

Please Note: this test was against the human surrogate of Coronavirus (part of the Coronavirus family of viruses). It has not yet been tested specifically against the COVID-19 strain of the Coronavirus family.

Key thought leaders in the scientific world are appealing for the use of Copper to be the future of preventative care.