BY CHRIS HORNE | WAVY TV 10
Posted on March 17th, 2020 by Chris Horne - FULL ARTICLE
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It’s not a cure or a vaccine, but it is a weapon.
EOS Surfaces in Ghent has been making tables and countertops from a special surface that blends polymer with copper for about ten years. Recent tests have shown that copper is effective in keeping coronavirus from spreading.Workers in the company’s 20th Street factory wear respirators as they mix and pour a brown liquid infused with oxidized copper that comes from Cupron, a Richmond-based firm.
Processing turns the mixture into a hard surface, which becomes fixtures in hospitals and medical practices, where transmission of bacteria and viruses can be rampant.
Ken Trinder, CEO of EOS Surfaces, says the copper ions inside the material act as a bomb on bacteria and viruses, and that action is continuous so the surface properties don’t “wear out.”
“It’s self-sanitizing, self-cleaning, and it doesn’t need any human intervention,” he said.
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