UK – All non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, as part of the government’s plans to further ease the lockdown.
The question of how safe it will be to pick something up in a shop and if there is a solution that has been overlooked rises.
Professor Bill Keevil from the University of Southampton said: “Superbug bacteria, flu, norovirus and coronavirus can survive on touch surfaces for days, which is why it is so important to wash hands and regularly clean all touch surfaces (like door handles).
“In contrast, when we looked at copper and copper alloys we found that all these pathogens were killed within minutes.
“When something lands on a copper surface they liberate copper irons which attack cell walls and that destroys the genetic material so that they cannot mutate.”