Last year, Research Scientist Dr. Ethan Mann published a massive study on the performance of Sharklet against competitor anti-microbial technologies. Many outlets picked up on this study, including the Washington Post.
In experiments designed to mimic the transmission of bacteria via both touch and sneezes, the researchers found that Sharklet was more effective than copper, which is one of the most popular anti-microbial surfaces for hospital use. While copper harbored 80 percent less MRSA — antibiotic resistant bacteria — than control surfaces, Sharklet showed reductions of as much as 94 percent.
Fox News also ran a story about Dr. Mann’s research.
Some studies have shown that copper surfaces in hospital rooms reduce the percentage of people who become infected with MRSA. But copper surfaces can be expensive to implement, and it’s possible some bacteria may develop resistance to the material, the researchers said. Bacteria may also need to be in contact with copper for a certain amount of time before the material kills the microbes, the researchers said.
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