People who are interested in preparedness and survivalism are always interested in strategies for avoiding hazards in harsh or difficult circumstances. Most of us are aware of the antimicrobial properties of silver, but few of us have known about the antimicrobial potential of copper infused cloth. In fact, the Israeli military already uses socks of this type of fabric.
Recently, the Sentara Hospital chain in the United States, in an attempt to reduce the number of hospital acquired infections, and particularly MRSA, began using copper infused sheets, towels and hospital gowns. As you may be aware, hospitalized patients who are often vulnerable to infection, may acquire infections within hospital walls. Additionally, the infectious organisms present in hospitals, despite diligent cleaning, are often what the lay public calls “superbugs”, infectious agents that are resistant to conventional antibiotic treatment. Therefore the use of copper in cloth could be a great adjunct in containing or reducing nosocomial or hospital acquired infections.
Cupron, the company that makes these copper infused fabrics was founded in Israel. It is now based in Richmond, Virginia. They also sell a copper infused sock intended for diabetics, but that may also be useful to those with vascular issues of the feet, as they too are particularly vulnerable to foot infection. Cupron also makes copper infused solid surfaces for hospital and health care purposes.
These products also have applications in many other industries. Imagine how much safer gymnasiums could be if the towels used there, were made of Cupron materials. Shoes, plastics and cosmetics could also be made in this way.
I am particularly happy to bring news of this to the preparedness and survival communities. I hope to see more of these products soon.