'Millions of germs live for a year around us'

"Nandiyan lang sila, nakaabang," infectious disease expert Dr. Rey Salinel said pertaining to germs that live around us, especially inside our houses, and which can cause diseases and infections.
Date Posted: Oct 22, 2015

"Nandiyan lang sila, nakaabang," infectious disease expert Dr. Rey Salinel said pertaining to germs that live around us, especially inside our houses, and which can cause diseases and infections.

Invisible to the naked eye, millions of germs thrive in our skin and in the things we often use like cellphones and laptops. "It's everywhere," Salinel warned.

E.coli, salmonella, and campylobacter are diarrhea-causing bacteria found in doorknobs, keyboard, and table, which has a lifespan of two to four hours.

Other cold and influenza viruses can live up to a day, while norovirus that causes vomiting and loose bowel movement can live up to weeks.

Germs and viruses stay alive depending on many factors like humidity, and they like moist areas. They may stay for a year, making people with low resistance vulnerable against infections.

According to Salinel, the best defense is to maintain proper body hygiene and to wash our hands properly using a soap with antibacterial property.

"Kinakailangan bawasan natin 'yung germs. Maghugas ka ng kamay ng sabon at tubig. Magpunas ka, maligo ka araw-araw," Salinel advised.

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