Norovirus Dies Rapidly on Copper Surfaces, University of Southampton Study

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New research presented at a conference last week suggests that norovirus, the highly infectious winter vomiting bug, dies rapidly on surfaces made from copper and copper alloys. The finding, when corroborated by further studies, will likely add the sickness virus to a growing list of germs that copper is effective against. The research is the work of Bill Keevil and Sarah Warnes of the University of Southampton in the UK, who found that norovirus is rapidly destroyed on surfaces made of copper and its alloys, with those comprising more than 60% copper being the most effective.

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