# Why isn't copper used for surfaces in hospitals?

In addition to the reasons mentioned above, using copper sheeting
for countertops, etc. would be prohibitively expensive. A 4'x8' sheet
of 16-20 ga. copper runs well over $400. They'd have to hire extra security just to protect all the copper. BillTre and Rive TeethWhitener Science Advisor Gold Member In addition to the reasons mentioned above, using copper sheeting for countertops, etc. would be prohibitively expensive. A 4'x8' sheet of 16-20 ga. copper runs well over$400. They'd have to hire extra
security just to protect all the copper.
You can get around the cost by plating a cheaper metal with copper. Or, as others have mentioned, just use brass fixtures.

I don't have much to add to the thread, but I figured I'd point out that OP's question, along with the economics of using copper or brass fixtures, surgical instruments, etc., are discussed in detail in this recent review:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3067274/

In addition to the reasons mentioned above, using copper sheeting
for countertops, etc. would be prohibitively expensive. A 4'x8' sheet
of 16-20 ga. copper runs well over \$400. They'd have to hire extra
security just to protect all the copper.
A 4'x8' sheet of granite will easily cost four times that. The need to protect the copper wouldn't come from the high initial cost, but the relatively high resale/scrap value.

I work in a casino and the idea of this thread was to see if you introduced a cooper disc in the chipping machine would it be effective on microbe/bacteria?? I the disc was concaved flying saucer shape it would move between the chips and wouldn't connect with the belt. I'm just trying to find the idea that gets me out of the casino I thought copper silver etc could be used

berkeman
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I think I would use the word "partially" instead of "majorly" in this sentence, since I think the latest thinking is that airborne transmission is also a main mechanism, no?

The transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is majorly through touching the contaminated surfaces and then the vulnerable mouth and eyes besides the direct contact with the infected person.

TeethWhitener
Gold Member
As far as I’m aware, the current received wisdom is that the main mode of transmission is prolonged (> 15 min) close (< 3m) contact. Surfaces and airborne transmission are less of a concern unless there is poor ventilation. The mantra I keep hearing is wear a mask, 6 feet (2 meters) distance, get outside.

I work in a casino ... chipping machine ... chips ... belt .
Sorry, but could you please link a picture of that machine or something? I'm not really familiar with this context and could not put together the pieces.

If you had a flying saucer shaped disc that came into contact with gaming chips would this be a viable product to kill microbes/bacteria the gaming chips would be in a tumbler with constant replacement on a roulette table?

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This thread seems to have as its basis that copper has some magic germicidal properties, and the merest touch of copper will instantly sterilize an object. It doesn't work like that.

Yes, microbes don't do well on copper surfaces, and after hours they may even die.

jim mcnamara and BillTre
This thread seems to have as its basis that copper has some magic germicidal properties, and the merest touch of copper will instantly sterilize an object. It doesn't work like that.

Yes, microbes don't do well on copper surfaces, and after hours they may even die.

thank you for your reply just trying to make a buck but I didn't have the necessary knowledge and know that I could find the answers on here so basically its a no-go

jim mcnamara