Fun Facts (And Not So Fun Facts Too) About Germs

Germs. What do we really know about them? When something is so small that it can’t be seen by the naked eye, we tend to ignore it… until it affects us. However, waiting to take measures against germs until they start making us sick is not an effective approach to maintaining good health.

Ideally, we should try to learn as much as we can about how germs spread and how they affect our lives, and then figure out the best ways to eliminate the harmful ones, while protecting the ones that actually contribute to the good performance of our immune systems and our bodies in general.

Continue reading this article to find out more about germs, learn some interesting facts that you probably would have never figured out.

Fun Facts About Germs

  1. Germs are microorganisms, which means they are so tiny that can only be seen through a microscope.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, germs are not another type of "bug". Instead, the term “germ” is a general concept that includes bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites like protozoans and helminths. This is why saying “germs and bacteria”, for instance, is wrong, as they refer to the same thing.
  3. Germs can be found literally everywhere: in the air, in water, on food, and on surfaces. They also live around and inside people, animals, and plants.
  4. The human body is home to about 1,000 germ species. Some of these germs actually help us to stay healthy, while others make us sick if they multiply to dangerous levels.
  5. The human body can defend itself against harmful germs thanks to our immune systems. However, some germs keep mutating in efforts to breach our defences, which is why we need to help ourselves by practicing personal hygiene and proper disinfection of the spaces around us. 
  6. There are between 2 to 10 million germs units on our fingertips and elbows at any given time! And these numbers tend to double or triplicate after certain activities, like using the toilet... You should also know that these germs can survive for up to three hours on the skin if we don't wash them away or kill them with personal disinfectants.
  7. And speaking of toilets, they are not even the most germ-full surfaces in a house. Remote controls, smartphones, computer keyboards, and cutting boards all have much more germs per inch than toilet seats.
  8. One germ can multiply into more than 8 million germs in one single day. That's how fast they spread.


Not So Fun Facts About Germs

  1. Believe it or not, all infectious diseases are caused by germs.
  2. Hands spread 1,000 times more germs when they are damp than when they are dry. This means washing our hands frequently with a good cleanser, drying them well, and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces we come in contact with are essential practices that benefit our personal health.
  3.  When we don’t disinfect our hands and homes frequently and consistently, we risk spreading germs everywhere we touch (including our food). One way to avoid this and protect our families and friends is to make a habit of disinfecting our kitchen counters, cutting boards, and hands after cooking, before eating, and whenever necessary.
  4. It's important to know that germs also spread by kissing, hugging, sharing cups, or eating utensils with other people. So, if you start developing flu-like symptoms or any other indicator of a contagious infection, you're better off keeping a certain distance from other people.
  5. Even though experts say that 80% of illness-causing germs are spread by people's hands when touching surfaces and other people; sneezing and coughing are other ways in which germs spread. It only takes breathing one droplet of contaminated air to catch something that will keep your immune system busy.
  6. Bacteria are the responsible germs behind infections like strep throat, tuberculosis, and most urinary tract infections.
  7. Viruses are germs that cause a wide range of diseases, from the common cold and the flu to chickenpox, measles, AIDS, and of course, COVID-19. And even though bacteria and viruses are both considered germs, the antibiotics designed for bacteria have no effect on viruses.
  8. Fungi are maybe the least known of germs, but we still need to be careful when it comes to them because they are known to cause many types of infections, such as yeast infections and athlete's foot.

Top Disinfectant Solutions to Kill Germs

Killing germs is the best possible way to lower the likelihood that someone will get sick from an infectious disease. This may sound extreme to some people, but if we have learned anything about germs from this pandemic is how easy it is to catch a virus from being in contact with a contaminated surface or space, or from a simple handshake with a friend.

At Disinfect & Fog, we want to help you get the upper hand against germs, so we present to you some our top disinfectant solutions to kill germs:

  • EnviroNize Anolyte Cleansing Wash Airless Pump - Gentle and hypoallergenic hand, face, and body wash product elaborated from a concentrated electro-chemically activated solution rich in oxygen that kills germs easily and efficiently.
  • EnviroNize Anolyte Multi-Use Disinfectant - Multifunctional product that kills germs in all kinds of hard non-porous surfaces such wood, concrete, tile, glass, etc. It offers deep disinfection thanks to its concentrated electro-chemically activated solution rich in oxygen that kills germs on contact and also eliminates odours.
  • Ultra-Lyte Disinfectant - our top-selling spray-on sanitizer and disinfectant with powerful antimicrobial properties. This product is recommended for killings all sorts of germs and its use is very popular in spaces like hospitals and other medical facilities, stores, and food preparation facilities, due to its powerful capacity to disinfect surfaces that were in contact with meat, poultry and other delicate ingredients.

And there you have it, everything you need to know about germs and how to eliminate them. Now, if you want further information on any of these highly effective products against most types of germs (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites) feel free to contact us. One of our experienced, and knowledgeable disinfection experts will be happy to help you choose the best solution for your particular needs. Call us today at 1-855-561-4512 or email us at info@disinfectandfog.com.

Thank you for reading and stay safe out there!

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