December 2014 - CopperZap

Month: December 2014

Copper Against Ebola? It’s Well Worth A Try

Post by Jennifer Rickard

I keep an eye out for articles and news on copper and its germ-fighting capabilities. I was pleased to come across an article featuring Bill Keevil in Science Daily dated October 30, 2014.

I’ve begun to think of him as a friend, the way I do when I see a local newscaster at the grocery store or bank. My face lights up in recognition and I say hi, only belatedly realizing that just because they’re in my living room at five o’clock, doesn’t mean I am in theirs.

Bill Keevil and I go back over a year – to when I first started researching copper’s antimicrobial properties. He is prominent in the research, even though there are well over 100 studies, many done by other researchers. He is Chair of Environmental Healthcare, professor and researcher at the University of Southampton in the UK . (His work can be seen on several Youtube videos.)

In this latest article, he touched on a subject that’s been on everyone’s mind since late last spring or early summer – Ebola. Probably most Americans had never heard of the hemorrhagic fevers until this one made world news. And now they know more than they ever wanted to.

This article is entitled “Could Copper Prevent Spread of Ebola?” Because Doug and I are so involved with learning about and teaching people about copper’s ability to kill viruses, bacteria and fungi, it was one of the first questions we asked. We tossed the idea around and decided that yes, of course it could. Copper kills over 170 different disease-causing germs.

Because of limited access to laboratories with the required safety clearances for Ebola, no testing has been done. But Professor Keevil says this, “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.”

We wonder if copper might help in this way, too: a healthcare worker rubs copper in the nose, on the face and hands before suiting up to attend to patients. He does the same thing afterwards, maybe several times for the next few hours. Other people living around this disease might also be protected by keeping their skin and nostrils “copperated”. (Doug coined the term). It’s thought that copper ions remaining on the skin may keep protecting for some period of time afterwards.

It just might save a life. Wouldn’t you say it’s well worth a try?


Early Adopters Wanted

I have been completely mystified that CopperZaps are not flying off the shelves. I couldn’t understand why something so cutting-edge and more importantly something that is easy and works so well meets with such skepticism.

Until I remembered a class I took in grad school that taught me about the Innovation Adoption Lifecycle. In medical fields, there’s another term for a similar phenomenon. It’s called the Normalization Process Theory, but I am not going to go there!

In the Innovation Adoption Lifecycle, there is a bell curve of users that illustrates the percentages of them along that curve, as they adopt a new product or technology.

So, according to this curve, only 2.5% of people are innovators. Early adopters make up another 13.5 percent of people. Early majority and late majority each comprise 34% and lastly, the laggards make up 16% of people.

There’s my answer. It isn’t mystifying after all – just frustrating, but completely understandable. The phenomenon of keeping up with the Joneses may not be about prestige after all. Perhaps it is just that 68% of people are adopting new products all around the same time. I am impatient for that day.