Germs at home may cause infectious diseases

Many people veer away from outdoor activities to reduce the risk of being sick. However, a health expert warns that one could still get sick while inside the house.
Date Posted: May 24, 2016

Many people veer away from outdoor activities to reduce the risk of being sick. However, a health expert warns that one could still get sick while inside the house.

Take it from Susan Dumapat, a mother, who shared her story of how her children got sick even though she meticulously cleans their house.

“Noong isang buwan, nagkasakit ang bunso ko. Itong nakaraang linggo, ‘yun namang sumunod sa bunso. Hindi mo rin maiiwasan ‘yung paligid, mayro’n pa rin talagang nakakapuslit na dumi,” Dumapat recalled.

According to John Philip Tianco, M.D., a public health physician, disease-causing bacteria live in some spots inside the house.

“Ito ay matatagpuan sa toilet, faucet, mga door knobs , cellphone. Nakikihiram, nakikigamit no’n,” Tianco said.

The most common viruses and bacteria found inside a typical home are Staphylococcus, Salmonella, Shigella, E. Coli and Listeria.

These microbes can cause gastroenteritis. Bacteria also thrive in warm weather which can lead to viral exanthem or skin infections.

“Ito ‘yung mga tigdas, bulutong tubig, at tigdas hangin,” Tianco said.

To defend against these diseases, Tianco recommends proper handwashing using a soap with antibacterial properties.

“Napakaimportante na ang paggamit ng sabon ay may antibacterial property para malabanan ang disease-causing microorganisms,” Tianco said.

After learning this, Dumapat started using a different kind of soap to protect her children from infectious diseases.

“Mas magandang malinis lahat sila bago matulog at bago kumain para makaiwas sila sa ano mang sakit,” Dumapat said.

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