When was the first time you heard the word germs? Was it as a child when you picked up something your mother didn’t like? Or was it the science class? But what do we know about germs, i.e., tiny organisms, and their hideout?
What are germs?
In biology, germ (also known as pathogens) is an infectious agent that can cause disease and make us sick. These microorganisms can be a virus, bacterium, protozoan, prion, viroid or fungus.
When your hand, mouth or a wound gets in contact with a surface that is covered in germs or when you come into contact with an infected person, the bacteria enter your bloodstream and multiply, attacking your immune system. Microbes can survive on their own for some time. Cold and flu germs can survive outside the human body from 24 hours to 7 days depending on the surrounding.
Where can you find them?
Shared items are germs favorite along with corners or hard-to-clean spaces. Here are a few unusual places germs may be lurking.
- Mobile Phones: We are hard without our phones. Throughout the day we keep our phone down on bus/train seats, coffee shop counter, shared gym lockers and even the bathroom. All these places make our cell phone hotspot for germs. Therefore they should be regularly wiped down with antibacterial products to keep the phone germs free.
- TSA Trays: Always wash your hands after handling those TSA trays in airports. Transport Security Administration trays that are given to you at the airport to keep phone, laptop, charger and other belongings. Researchers with the University of Nottingham and Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare recently did research that found out that plastic trays used at airport security checkpoints host the highest level of viruses at airports.
- Remote Controls: Hundreds of hands use remote controls in hotels and offices. The little ridges and crevices of the remote control is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. If you carry sanitizer or if you have disinfectant wipes in your bag, then please use it on your hand and the remote control before use.
- The Kitchen Sink: Often the leftover food particles left in the kitchen sink feed germs. So, if you are placing dishes in your sink or transferring them to the dishwasher, germs get the chance to stay on our hands. Always wash the inside of your sink and scrub your hands after washing dirty dishes.
How to avoid the flu?
Even after avoiding and taking precautions, there is no full and final solution to germs.
- You can arm your body with better defense, through frequent hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Eat a healthy diet that has plenty of immune-boosting vitamins and nutrients.
- Get an annual vaccine which will give you additional protection from the flu virus.
- Avoid contact with others who have flu symptoms.
Need to get your flu shot?
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