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Can Anything Ever Be “Germ-Free”? Experts Debunk The Myth of “Squeaky Clean”.

Today, everyone in the world is toiling hard to fight off germs. In the past few months, there was an incredible rise in the sales of cleaning products like bleach, detergent, soap, and antibacterial wipes. There were many campaigns designed along targeting germs and ensuring cleanliness. Private and government-sponsored drives were arranged across localities and countries to dispense awareness regarding the proper way of cleaning hands and maintaining good hygiene.

Unsplash | For months our personal hygiene game has been at an all-time high

This intense drill was carried out in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the question remains, is it possible for anything to really be germ-free?

Busting the myth of a germ-free place.

As discouraging and bleak as it sounds, it is not possible to make any surface germ-free. No one is not undermining the effort you put into scrubbing your floors, wiping down your knobs and handles, and sanitizing your hands at short intervals. According to Emily Sickbert-Bennett, associate professor at the UNC School of Medicine and director of the Medical Center’s Infection Prevention program at the University of North Carolina (UNC), the fact is our body hosts more bacteria than cells.

Deposit Photos | No surface can be made germ-free

Do not get terrified! All these bacteria are not harmful. They are not the product of your carelessness but exist naturally in water, soil, and animals. Many of them are harmless and exist placidly until they wind up in the wrong place.

When do bacteria act up?

The staphylococcus bacteria exist naturally within the nose. However, it can become deadly if it penetrates the bloodstream. Likewise, many bacteria exist peacefully until they are repositioned to an atmosphere where they can act up.

Not all bacteria are like that. Some microbes are permanently pathogenic like the coronavirus. These kinds of microbes are the ones that terrify the masses. Sickbert-Bennett emphasized that it is not possible to make the environment germ-free since these microbes travel through the air. Even if you thoroughly wipe down the toilet seat in a public restroom, the germs in the air would immediately settle back on the pot. Thus, the course of action should be to not indulge in an extensive cleaning spree but to labor wisely to break the chain of infection.

Pexels | Bacteria returns almost immediately after you wipe down a surface

Breaking the Chain of Infection!

Here is how you should become warriors against coronavirus and other diseases that spring up as a result of germ-action.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and ears with unwashed hands. These are points of direct entries into your body and provide an inlet to the bloodstream.
  • Avoid the E-Coli virus by cooking your food thoroughly.
  • Stay at a distance from someone experiencing a viral infection or disease.
  • Take excessive care of your body hygiene.
  • Improve your general immunity.

All these measures will not abolish the bacteria race and you definitely do not want that. Bacteria are critical for the survival of the world and many bacteria share our common goal of fighting destructive pathogens.

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