MD Mask™ Uses Copper Oxide Infused Antiviral Fabric
- Copper infused cotton/polyester (55%/45%) weave is self-disinfecting for RNA viruses (e.g. SARS-CoV-2). Below are scanning electron microscope images of the copper oxide-impregnated polypropylene fibers. The copper oxide is extruded and trapped in the fibers and it will persist active in the MD Mask™ fabric permanently.
- Copper-oxide cloth blend provides contact-kill neutralizes RNA viruses (e.g. Coronavirus, HIV), DNA viruses (e.g. Herpesviridae, Adenoviridae, Papillomaviridae), bacteria, and fungi
HISTORICAL TIMELINE FOR THE USE OF COPPER IN MEDICINE
5000 to 6000 B.C.
Copper was the first metal used by human civilizations.
2600 and 2200 B.C.
The Egyptian medical text (Smith Papyrus) describes the application of copper to sterilize chest wounds and water.
800 B.C. to 1400 A.D.
Greeks, Romans and Aztecs - Used copper and copper compounds for the treatments of headaches, burns, intestican works and ear infections.
1800 to 1932 A.D.
Copper's medical potency was spawned by the observation that copper workers appeared to be immune to cholera in the 1832 and subsequent outbreaks in Paris, France. Inorganic copper preparations were used to treat chronic adenitis, eczema, impetigo, scrofulosis, tubercular infections, lupus, syphilis, anemia, chorea, and facial neuralgia
Reports documenting the beneficial effects of using brass and bronze on doorknobs to prevent the spread of microbes in hospitals published.
Copper vessels to render water drinkable revived as a low-cost alternative for developing countries.
Intense interest in the use of copper as a self-sanitizing material, and many recent publications deal with mechanistic aspects of “contact killing” (contact-mediated killing) by copper.
First 70,000 copper-fabric reusable MD Mask deployed at Ochsner Health, New Orleans Louisiana, University of Maryland Medical School (Baltimore, Maryland), and for patient use at Johns Hopkins Hospital & Wilmer Eye Institute (Baltimore, Maryland).
ANTIVIRAL COPPER OXIDE CLINICAL REFERENCES
Several independent studies reporting antimicrobial efficacy of uncoated copper and copper alloy surfaces against human pathogens, including one strain of coronavirus (HuCoV-229E) reported in mBio by Warnes et al (citation: https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01697-15)
U.S. government-funded study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, remained viable for up to 2 to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces vs. up to 4 hours on copper (citation: https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973)
Reduced health care-associated
Reduced health care-associated infections in an acute care community hospital using a combination of self-disinfecting copper impregnated composite hard surfaces and linens Costi D. Sifri MD, Gene H. Burke MD, Kyle B. Enfield MD, MS Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Effect of copper-impregnated
Effect of copper-impregnated composite bed linens and patient gowns on healthcare-associated infection rates in six hospitals J.P. Butler Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA, USA
Aerosol and Surface Stability
Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1 https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973
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Anti-Influenza Copper Oxide Containing Respiratory Face Mask
A Novel Anti-Influenza Copper Oxide Containing Respiratory Face Mask Gadi Borkow, Steve S. Zhou,Tom Page, Jeffrey Gabbay Published: June 25, 2010 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0011295 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0011295