Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 4:54 am | 2017-11-07 04:54:00

More than 245 media outlets across the country, including the Des Moines Register and Business Record, reported that a study led by Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, associate professor of biology at Grinnell College, found that high-touch surfaces in gyms made with copper will maintain reduced bacterial loads. This could reduce the number of community-acquired infections.

“Grip surfaces in athletic centers present an ideal environment for microbes to persist and spread,” said Hinsa-Leasure. “We have shown that copper alloy grips reduce bacterial numbers by 94 percent over control grips and thereby limit the spread of infectious microbes by reducing exposure to athletes.”