The Boon of Nature , possible cure for the COVID-19 pandemic

Aayushi Vaish
5 min readApr 30, 2020

Even in the World of medicine, what is old is new again

Once again humanity seeks for the cure in History, our long forgotten past has a lot to teach us than we actually think. In ancient times people used natural metals because of their astonishing capabilities and in these tough times we should seek whatever possible to fight the common global enemy.

What we are seeking here is the possible cure in naturally found metals , which were highly used as utensils in early times and are known to have immune boosting effect.

Copper , Silver and their Magnificent properties

Thousands of years ago, Egyptians used it to sterilize drinking water. Ancient Romans, Aztecs and Greeks also used it for medical treatments.

I am talking about copper.

The symbol for copper on the periodic chart for elements is Cu. If we are talking about germs that might mean Cu later! (C + u = “See you”)

Copper kills many germs on contact. Now it is back in hospitals to do just that.One of the major ways we get sick is we touch surfaces out in the world, many made of metal or plastic. These surfaces are covered with germs. Germs live on poles on a train or bus. They are found on doorknobs and handles.

This is especially true in hospitals.

Bill Keevil is a microbiologist at Southampton University in Britain. He is investigating the properties of copper that kill germs — or as researchers call them, pathogens.

Keevil points to studies that compare infection rates at U.S. hospitals that use copper surfaces and those that do not.
“They found that copper alloys gave a 58 percent reduction in infection rate. So that showed, you know, that in the real world of a hospital environment, copper alloys do a great job (in preventing infection).”

In a study published in the journal mBio, Keevil and his team found that copper surfaces can quickly kill the coronavirus 229E.

​You may not know coronavirus 229E by name.

But if you ever have had the common cold or the more serious pneumonia, you have been in contact with it.

The coronavirus 229E is also closely related to the pathogen that causes SARS and MERS.

Keevil explains that copper ions — electrically charged molecules — kill dangerous viruses by destroying their genetic material. Copper ions do this by interacting with oxygen and changing the oxygen molecules. As a result, the virus cells cannot mutate.

“Now these ions are able to punch holes in the cell’s membrane, enter the cell and destroy their nucleic acid. So they are completely killed. There’s no chance of mutation leading to resistance, and there’s no coming back. So the chemistry is fantastic.”

Keevil notes that ancient civilizations knew about the germ-killing properties of copper. However, they may not have understood the science behind it.

Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health wrote on their website about the oldest recorded medical use of copper.

They say its use is noted in an Egyptian medical book written about 4,000 years ago.

The book describes how they used copper to sterilize wounds and drinking water.

Keevil says earlier generations of builders in the United States also knew this about copper. That is why copper alloys such as brass were often used in building materials.

But more modern builders stopped using copper and copper alloys. They cost more than other building materials.

However, Bill Keevil says copper could save hospitals money. He says their other costs of fighting infection will drop, including drugs for treatment.

More importantly, less people will get sick.

The Silver Bullet

From Vampires to Viruses Silver can take them all.

The immune system is made up of antibodies, white blood cells, and other chemicals and proteins that fight and abolish foreign substances such as bacteria, infections and viruses that they recognize as unfamiliar and a threat to the body overall health.

The immune system works together to reduce these microbes’ from entering the body and preventing them from growing and causing illness.

Silver a natural mineral can super-charge your immune system and help you stay healthy. Research has shown that consuming silver daily is both safe and effective for boosting and maintaining a healthy immune system.

The mineral silver is has the amazing ability to fight and destroy antibiotic-resistant super-pathogens. While employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented that silver can actually kill over 650 bacteria, fungi, parasites, molds and fungi that have the potential to sprout diseases. At the same time the tests established that silver has no known side effects.

Martin Hum, from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, lists silver as one of the natural remedies to stop viruses. The colloidal silver used in modern supplements is a suspension of pure metallic silver in water. It is thought to work by interfering with the enzymes that enable viruses, bacteria and fungi to utilize oxygen. In other words, it suffocates and kills them.

Antiviral property of the combination

Considering the fact that the major water purification technique used for virus removal is the addition of chlorine which produces harmful DBPs, we propose that the Ag+ + CO32− combination, in addition could also serve as an alternative to reduce pathogenic viruses by a safer method. Here, we tested the combination for antiviral property on MS2 phage. A sequential time interval study of 50 ppb Ag+ alone and a combination of 50 ppb Ag+ and 20 ppm CO32− was performed . We observed that while 50 ppb Ag+ alone (even after 1–2 h contact) was unable to affect the phage, the combination of 50 ppb Ag+ and 20 ppm CO32− was found to achieve effective antiviral property within a contact time of 15 min. Moreover, by this study, we proved that this combination can handle virus at concentrations likely in ground water (103 plaque forming units (PFU)/mL) but can also efficiently control comparatively higher concentrations (~106 PFU/mL) that can prevail in non-portable water.


Copper and Silver are being used since the ancient times and they are known to have more benefits than harm. Unlike, modern antibiotics we have in common practices. There could be more natural substances indeed and If we analyze the data from the recovered patients we can actually find the common denominator.

There is a lot more hidden in our history than we think, we just need a proper understanding of the facts.



Aayushi Vaish

An Explorer of the Infinite Multiverse . MS - Physics , Northeastern University.