Are you worried about infectious diseases spreading at home or your workplace? Not taking precautionary measures can make you or those around you sick. Children, seniors, and those with a weak immune system remain most vulnerable to diseases and infections. The root cause is often transmission of microscopic living organisms or microbes. In this guide, we’ll go over preventing microbial spread. Before that, let’s find out what causes microbial spread.
What Causes Microbial Spread?
In the past, the world didn’t necessarily know that infectious diseases spread by tiny microbes that transmitted from one person to another. Even today, when medical science recognizes that microscopic living organisms are responsible for diseases, how they cause do that is not obvious.
Findings up till now indicate that most microbes enter our body through openings such as the mouth, nose, and ears. Others enter through the skin when an animal or insect bites.
How to Prevent Microbial Spread
Our daily habits are the first line of defense against infectious diseases. Here are some effective tips to prevent microbial spread:
- Stay vaccinated.
- Try your best to avoid insect bites. You can achieve this by wearing long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, and a hat when going outside. Additionally, use an insect repellant.
- Stay aware around unfamiliar domestic animals, particularly dogs, and all wild animals. When an animal bites you or a family member, immediately cleanse the wound with water and soap. Also, you may want to see a doctor for additional evaluation.
- Cook and handle food with care and learn how to protect yourself from foodborne pathogens.
- When visiting developing countries or traveling domestically, stay alert to any disease threats. Before moving from areas of moderate to high disease risk, seek expert advice either from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Wash your hands often with regular soap, rinse with running water, and dry them thoroughly.
- Avoid the routine use of antibacterial products, particularly those containing the chemical triclosan, which is known to contribute to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics should only be used to treat infections that stem from bacteria.
- If a bacterial infection doesn’t get better after taking a course of antibiotics or infection is worsening rapidly, report to your doctor without any delay.
- Adopt and adhere to healthy habits such as getting enough sleep, avoiding illegal drug and tobacco use, eating well, and exercising.
Now that you know about preventing microbial spread, take every possible step to protect your family and colleagues from diseases and infections. Following the aforementioned tips should prove highly effective in this regard. If you suspect that a virus has invaded your home or place of work, reach out to Extreme Microbial Technologies for effective purification solutions.