WASHINGTON (February 10, 2021) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that certain copper alloys provide long-term effectiveness against viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Michal Freedhof, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention said: “Today’s action marks another step forward in EPA’s efforts to listen to the science and provide effective tools to help protect human health.”
John Hyslop, MD of Borg Locks (UK) said: “We welcome this latest news about the antimicrobial properties of copper touch surfaces and how they can help us in the battle to slow the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s great that the U.S. EPA is listening to the science and is providing effective tools to help protect human health.”
Antimicrobial copper alloys can be manufactured into a wide range of surfaces, including doorknobs and handrail and can be used to supplement routine cleaning and disinfection to combat SARS-CoV-2.