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This is a very interesting, and Important article about the wonders of Copper, and its anti-viral characteristics.  This just lends more importance of the element in the ancient world, and just one more thing we never realized about its wonders.  Who woulda' thunk it to be a natural disinfectant.

Quote:Copper’s Virus-Killing Powers Were Known Even to the Ancients
The SARS-CoV-2 virus endures for days on plastic or metal but disintegrates soon after landing on copper surfaces. Here’s why

When researchers reported last month that the novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic survives for days on glass and stainless steel but dies within hours after landing on copper, the only thing that surprised Bill Keevil was that the pathogen lasted so long on copper.

Keevil, a microbiology researcher at the University of Southampton (U.K.), has studied the antimicrobial effects of copper for more than two decades. He has watched in his laboratory as the simple metal slew one bad bug after another. He began with the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease and then turned to drug-resistant killer infections like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). He tested viruses that caused worldwide health scares such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the Swine Flu (H1N1) pandemic of 2009. In each case, copper contact killed the pathogen within minutes. "It just blew it apart," he says.

In 2015, Keevil turned his attention to Coronavirus 229E, a relative of the COVID-19 virus that causes the common cold and pneumonia. Once again, copper zapped the virus within minutes while it remained infectious for five days on surfaces such as stainless steel or glass.

“One of the ironies is, people [install] stainless steel because it seems clean and in a way, it is,” he says, noting the material’s ubiquity in public places. “But then the argument is how often do you clean? We don’t clean often enough.” Copper, by contrast, disinfects merely by being there.

I wonder how long this will take for our civilization to actively know and understand why copper has been so important to our ancestors.  The implications are profound.  Shock

When you get a chance, please read the entire article.  If you are interested in science, this will really open your eyes to the wonders of copper, and that out ancestors also knew this.  They may not have known "why", but they knew it had positive virtues.