We all know about germs! We have experienced the negative effects of them by way of the common cold, the flu, and stomach viruses, just to name a few. That is why it is so important to take proper care of ourselves to ensure that our immune system is ready to combat these germs that enter our bodies. However, there are some germs that even your immune system can’t handle making it difficult to treat with medication.
The best way to combat these germs is to know what they are, where they come from, and how to kill them by disinfecting your space. Of course, the most effective way to keep your space healthy is good hygiene. Frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds is the best practice for keeping your body and all that enters it safe. The second method is utilizing modern technology such as UVC light to sanitize your surroundings and high touch surfaces. Effectively eliminating infectious diseases in your environment at home and work will increase the health of you and your family.
Infectious diseases are caused by 5 common infectious agents:
One-celled organisms only seen through a microscope. It is the most well-known infectious agent. Some bacteria like the Staphylococcus aureus can cause skin, respiratory, and wound infections or the Clostridium tetani, which can cause death. Not all bacteria are harmful. Some bacteria in the stomach helps to digest food. Some also help in the fermentation of food, and aid in producing kombucha or yogurt.
Viruses are capsules that contain genetic material, are smaller than cells, and contain protein and lipid molecules that protect them. Host cells are needed to reproduce in the body, taking control of the cells to multiply the virus and infecting new cells. Often, host cells are destroyed during the process. Stronger strains of the virus can unfortunately change the function of the cell, causing diseases. Chickenpox, AIDS, SARS are all due to viruses. Certain age groups are more prone to contracting viruses, especially those with compromised immune systems. Usually only the symptoms are treated letting the immune system fight the virus naturally without medication.
One of the lesser toxic agents. Fungi, such as mushrooms, are used in cooking. Some can cause yeast infections in the genitals, mouth, and throat. Some types of fungi also affect the skin, causing ringworm or lung infection. Usually, a rash will signify a fungal skin infection.
Single-celled organisms that act like microscopic animals due to their hunter- gatherer process. They are mostly found in the intestinal tract and are usually fairly harmless. However, there are a few that cause diseases like malaria, which is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. Part of their life span is spent outside of the host body in food, insects, water, or soil. Therefore, usually ingesting the wrong food or being bitten by a certain insect can cause various diseases to flare up.
Helminths are large parasites, known as ‘worms’. When these helminths or their eggs enter the body, they simply feed off your body’s nutrients. Most common are tapeworms and roundworms. When they are fully developed they are visible to the naked eye. Since their physiology is similar to humans, sometimes it becomes difficult to treat the diseases that surface due to an infection as the drugs that would kill helminths are toxic to human cells.
Infection vs. Disease
Infection occurs after the agents enter and cause harm to the body’s cells. A disease occurs when the cells are damaged due to the result of infection and the body begins to show signs of illness. White blood cells, antibodies, and other mechanisms in your body are used to fight off the infection before it turns into a disease. Usually, symptoms of a bigger illness are a result of this process.
What can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones from infections?
1. Wash Your Hands
Your hands are the gateway to germs getting inside your body. Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds is one of the most easy and effective ways to keep germs at bay.
2. Get a UVC Smart Sanitizer from LiViliti Health Products
A disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UVC) light to kill microorganisms can be used to disinfect objects or spaces that are frequently touched. From a portable handheld wand to a sanitizer box, LiViliti Health Products use UVC LED technology to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, germs and viruses in as little as 3 minutes, without harsh chemicals.
3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Keep your distance from people who you know are sick. Some viruses are spread through droplets in the air and it is best to avoid close contact with people who you know are contagious.
4. Sanitize highly touched surfaces
Sanitization is key to limiting the spread of infectious diseases. Especially sanitizing high touch surfaces that are used and touched by multiple people.