Although your house, workplace or gym may look clean, germs could be hidden just about anywhere. Take note of these five common dangerous germs, in no particular order, and how to deal with them. Do your immune system a favour!
Escherichia coli, commonly known as E-coli, are bacteria found in the human digestive system. Whilst most strains of E-coli are harmless, some bacteria may cause bouts of diarrhoea and/ or nausea. In more severe cases, kidney or blood disease has resulted. The dangerous strains of E-coli are commonly passed through contaminated food or water, caused by those who haven’t adequately washed their hands after using the toilet. Weaken the threat of E-coli by practising good hygiene, particularly before handling food and after using the bathroom.
Norovirus or the ‘winter vomiting bug,’ although not usually dangerous, can be very unpleasant for the sufferer. The virus is spread rapidly by poor toilet hygiene, as well as close contact with an infected person, or something they have touched. Prevention may not always be possible but since germs can remain on a surface for up to a week, an uncontaminated work environment will only be beneficial.
Salmonella is a bacteria often found in eggs and uncooked meat/ poultry. The germ causes food poisoning with symptoms of diarrhea and fever. However, the elderly and those with a weak immune system are at risk of further complications. Salmonella may be prevented by paying attention to cleanliness, especially in the kitchen. Professionals have the capacity to deep clean your kitchen to kill any existing germs in their tracks.
This bacterium, found in raw meat, is the most common cause of food poisoning. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, with the possibility of severe dehydration. Sufferers should stay off work or school for at least 48 hours after their last episode of diarrhoea/ vomiting, to avoid spreading the infection. Work surfaces and toilets should be disinfected thoroughly, at a regular occurrence.
Group A Streptococci (GAS)
This bacterium is found most commonly on the skin and in the throat causing a ‘strep-throat’. GAS infections can be more harmful though when found in the blood or lungs, causing scarlet fever, pneumonia or acute rheumatic fever, to name but a few.
The bacteria is spread from person to person transmission, or else when an infected person nearby sneezes. It may be necessary therefore, for professional cleaners to destroy the germs left behind in the workplace, so as to preserve a healthy workforce.
So there you have it, the list could be endless. The bottom line: always practise good hygiene and pay attention to cleanliness.
However, be aware that professional cleaning services are the safest and most reliable method of tackling stubborn germs, in hard to reach places.
Laura Beecroft is a self-acclaimed domestic goddess. Blogging to make the world a cleaner and healthier place since writing for Evo Clean.