Stop a cold before it starts

CopperZap scientific cold prevention


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New research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on.

Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery.

Stop the cold virus, stop the cold

But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus – touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide all agree – copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch.

That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper thousands of years ago to purify water and heal wounds, and the British Navy used copper hundreds of years ago to keep drinking water pure on long ocean voyages.

American Civil War doctors used copper on wounds to prevent infection. They didn’t know about viruses and bacteria, but now we do.

Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds.

Germs die fast on copper, according to tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others. Some hospitals have responded by switching to copper for “touch surfaces,” like faucets, doorknobs, tray tables, and bed rails. This has cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses in these hospitals by over half, and saved lives.

The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. The next time he felt a cold about to start, he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds.

“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since.

He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too, every time. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market.


Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Over 99% percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 days, if they still get the cold it is milder than usual and they feel better.

Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “I love it!” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?”

“What a wonderful thing,” wrote Physician’s Assistant Julie. “Now I have this little magic wand, no more colds for me.”

Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.”

People often use CopperZap for prevention, before cold signs appear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried it several times a day on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.

Business owner Rosaleen says when people are sick around her she uses CopperZap morning and night. “It saved me last holidays,” she said. “The kids had colds going round and round, but not me.”

Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache when she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.”

The family of one sinus sufferer says CopperZap changed their lives. He had six months of bad sinus trouble every year, so bad they could not go out to dinner or enjoy a vacation. Now that is in the past.

Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.”

Several users say it even stops cold sores. As soon as they felt a tingle in the lip that told them a dreaded cold sore was coming, they immediately pressed the handle firmly on the tingly spot for 5 minutes and repeated several times over the next 24 hours.

The tingle went away and the cold sore either never erupted or was tiny and brief. One said, “I have tried every product on the market over the past 20 years. Some made it a little better, but this actually stopped it from happening in the first place! I am amazed. It has changed my life.”

Tests suggest the skin absorbs a tiny bit of copper, which kills viruses gathering under the surface for the next eruption. It seems to work on warts, too, which are also caused by viruses under the skin.

Tests indicate copper kills germs on fingers. This can help if you touch things other people have touched and don’t want to spread illness to your family or yourself. The copper handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact.

It leaves a trace of copper on fingers for further protection. This is important in case you pick up dangerous germs from shaking hands or touching things other people have touched, like money, doorknobs, railings, elevator buttons, chairs in a restaurant, etc.

The copper can be pressed on wounds, cuts, and abrasions to combat infection. It may help stop flu if used early and for 2-3 days. Scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap and found no viruses still alive soon after.

Although we have lots of reports on colds, with over 99% saying copper stops a cold if used early, we do not have enough reports on sinus trouble, nighttime stuffiness, cold sores, warts, or flu to know per cent success rates.

Copper has been shown to kill E. coli, C. diff, VRE, Staph, and nearly 200 other pathogens, including ones that are resistant to antibiotics, such as MRSA.  The Copper Development Association recently said researchers had not found any germ yet that copper doesn’t kill.

The EPA says the natural tarnish or color change of copper does not reduce its power to kill germs, but you can polish it if you want. It takes about 30 seconds with a regular metal polish to remove tarnish and restore a shiny appearance.

CopperZaps are made in the U.S. of pure copper. Most copper products have other metals mixed in, but lab tests say pure copper works best.

These are some common questions:

How long does it last?long time. There are copper coins still around from the Roman Empire 2000 years ago. Even if you live many extra years by using copper to prevent illness, it still won’t wear out. “Buy once, use forever.”

How do you clean it? You can just wipe it with a clean dry cloth or oil-free tissue, or you can wash it with soap and warm water. Wash it especially if it might have lotion or face cream on it. It needs to be free of oil or dirt so the copper makes direct contact with the microbes. Otherwise, they might survive. It does not need to be sterilized. The EPA says copper is “continuously self-sanitizing.”

How big is it? It is about 5 inches long total, 3.5 inches in the handle and 1.5 inch in the stem and tip. It is just under an inch wide and 3/16 of an inch thick in most of it, 1/4 inch in the tip.  It weights about 2.3 ounces. People are sometimes surprised that it seems heavy for something so small. That’s because it is pure copper, which is denser and heavier than steel.

How far does it go into your nose? As far as possible without discomfort. Push it very gently along the bottom of your nostril. It is easy to feel if you start to push too far. The stem is only about an inch and a half long, so that’s as far as it can reach anyway. It does not hurt, so reach as many of the viruses as you can.

How does it work? Copper kills viruses and bacteria it touches directly.  Cold viruses concentrate in the moist area in the bottom of the nostril pretty far back before spreading out. If you kill a bunch of them early, they can’t spread  so fast. Your immune system can get ahead of them and shut down the cold before you get symptoms.  If you wait too long, the viruses will multiply and spread so far you can no longer stop the cold just by killing the ones you can reach.  Up to 48 hours after the first sign of a cold, however, you may still mitigate it and make it shorter and less severe.

Can two people share one? It is important to have it with you when you are out and about. Use it right away or at most within 3 hours of feeling a tickle in your nose or throat, or if you are around anyone coughing or sneezing. You should use it immediately in case of abrasions or cuts or the tingle of a cold sore. Otherwise you would have to rush home and hunt for it, so each person should have their own. Besides, it is personal, like a toothbrush.

How does the guarantee work? You can return it for any reason within 90 days. You get a full refund of what you paid for it, including shipping if any. In the US, we also pay the postage for returning it. Please call first so we can send you a postage-paid envelope (US only) to return it in. We hope this will encourage more people to try it, because once they do, we get very few returns.

How many returns do we get? Less than one percent get returned. Most of those are not because the customer thought it didn’t work, but rather because of spurned gifts. Some people receive it as a gift but are too skeptical to even try it. The giver is usually a customer who tried it themselves first and wanted to give gifts to relatives and friends. This happens often, but once in a while someone spurns the gift. We take it back and issue a refund to our customer. Of the few people who say it didn’t work, some clearly used it wrong, based on what they tell us, and apparently did not read the Directions that come with it.  We accept the return anyway. There are a few people, maybe one-quarter of 1%, that it really does not work for, even though they used it right. We wish it worked for absolutely everyone, but probably nothing is 100%.

How does it compare to other cold remedies? Most cold remedies claim only to shorten a cold, not stop it completely. You still suffer. Copper can actually stop a cold in its tracks and totally prevent symptoms if you use it early enough. At the same time it can reduce your risk from touching a contaminated surface and help you avoid passing dangerous germs to your family and friends.

Does it work on allergies? Generally no, unfortunately, though a few people say it seems to help. Nasal allergies are usually triggered by plant material such as pollen and spores. Copper kills tinier things such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. However, people often think an allergy is coming on but it turns out to be a cold after it is too late to stop it. So we suggest use CopperZap even when you think it is an allergy, just in case. Also, allergies may make you more susceptible to a cold, so you may want to use copper for prevention. Serious allergy sufferers should consider asking a doctor about the nasal sprays available now, which seem to work great for at least some people.

(See the FAQ tab at the top for additional questions.)

The EPA has approved the registration of copper as antimicrobial, officially stating that copper is 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.

A study by the university of Arizona showed that germs spread fast where people gather together. They tested an office area where a number of people work. They found that if one person comes in with germs that were not present before, it only takes half a day for those germs to spread to nearly everyone’s desk, keyboard, and phone by way of doorknobs, copiers, the break room, etc. If one person has a cold, soon everyone is exposed.

By contrast, in an office we monitor where a number of people have CopperZaps, colds are rare. If someone new comes in with a cold, it does not spread to the CopperZap users. Based on the EPA studies, touching copper occasionally is likely to reduce the spread of germs.

We call it CopperZap because copper zaps germs. The “zap” is so tiny you can’t feel it, but it kills the germ.

In granting a patent, the US patent office called it “new and useful” for killing microbes in the nose and on the skin of your hands and face.

Copper occurs naturally in many foods and is required for healthy tissue, so it is safe to absorb trace amounts in the body.

It’s not a pill, it won’t make you drowsy, and you can drive all the heavy machinery you want.

Please read and follow the Directions which come with each CopperZap.

For more information or for phone or mail orders call toll-free 1-888-411-6114 or write to CopperZap LLC, 5151 E Broadway Suite 1600, Tucson AZ 85711-3777.


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