March 1, 2014
Pat McAllister wrote me today:

“This past week, my husband has had a full blown cold (refused to use the copperzap), and all my co-workers at the warehouse have had colds and or coughs and sniffles and I haven’t had a sign yet. I used the copperzap once a day as a preventative measure. I have been speading the word, not the sniffles. Thank you. Pat”

Pat is the one who wrote the comment about CopperZap being a “jewel”. She is the floor manager at VT Hay Company, which I looked up and seems to be in Greensboro, Vermont.

She is right to be concerned about illness at work. A recent study at the University of Arizona shows, “When someone comes to work sick, about half of the commonly touched surfaces in the workplace will become infected with the virus by lunchtime.” Germ hotspots included doorknobs, copy machine buttons, refrigerator handles, phones, keyboards, coffeepot handles, desktops, and tabletops.

The study says you should wash your hands often and use sanitary tissues and wipes to reduce the chance of getting sick. But even if you do those things diligently, you know that most other people do not. So you are still at risk whenever you touch things other people touch. The risk goes up dramatically if you then touch your face. Most people touch their face many more times than they realize. Solid copper offers a high level of protection even if germs have already reached your nose.

The study highlights the importance of protecting yourself when others are sick. It also highlights the importance of protecting others when you are sick. If you get sick and spread illness to two other people, and each of them spreads it to two other people, and so on, that’s a lot of people getting sick.

But if you prevent yourself from getting sick and therefore don’t spread it to two other people, etc., that’s a lot of people not getting sick. Pat’s got the right idea.

So as Pat says, spread the word, not the sniffles.