Acurail is expanding its range of anti-bacterial KAG safety grips and handrails that actively fight bacteria and viruses, such as covid-19. Combined with a unique design that provides up to 300% better grip, the new copper grips are extremely suitable in private and public healthcare.
It is old and well-documented knowledge that copper has anti-bacterial effect, which is why Acurail is now launching a new version of their well-known safety grip, KAG Safety Rail, made of solid copper that is effective against bacteria and viruses such as MRSA, E. coli, influenza A, norovirus and SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19).
“Studies show that after four hours, Coronavirus is no longer contagious on copper surfaces. In comparison, Coronavirus can still be contagious on other surfaces for up to 28 days,” explains Steen Betak from Acurail.
Copper ions destroy the cell structure and the DNA and RNA of the microbes. Hydrogen peroxide is also formed and an oxidative load is generated that kills the cells.
KAG Safety Rail is already used in the care sector, as the unique design provides up to 300% better grip than ordinary safety grips. With the new copper handles, an antibacterial surface is added that actively fights infection better than the common materials that are otherwise used for handles and railings.
“KAG Safety Rail can of course be used in many other industries, public offices, the education sector and the on- and offshore industry. KAG can be used in a wide range of environments where many people work close together and risk transmitting infection by touching handrails and grips,” says Steen Betak from Acurail.
Acurail was founded in 2018 as the main distributor of KAG Safety Rail. The company is located in Esbjerg and manufactures, delivers and distributes innovative safety handles and handrail systems in Europe.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that copper may be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the coronavirus pandemic. The study showed that after four hours, the virus was no longer contagious on the surface of the copper. In comparison, coronavirus was still contagious on plastic surfaces after 72 hours. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973
According to Edward Bilsky, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, copper can kill germs in a few ways: It disrupts bacterial cell membranes — copper ions damage cell membranes or “envelopes” and can destroy the DNA or RNA of the microbe. It generates oxidative stress on bacterial cells and creates hydrogen peroxide that can kill the cell. It interferes with proteins that operate important functions that keep bacterial cells alive.https://businessinsider.com.au/does-copper-kill-germs-and-viruses-2020-3
An Australian study concludes that coronavirus is “extremely robust” and can survive a full 28 days on slippery surfaces such as phones and banknotes. Included in the equation is the fact that the longevity of the virus was measured in a laboratory environment where it was dark, and this may influence the study’s conclusion.https://virologyj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12985-020-01418-7