Germs - the truth
Bacteria are tiny, microscopic organisms that live everywhere in the world around us – from the air, water, soil, even deep in the earth’s crust.
Although they are invisible to the naked eye, we know that germs come in all shapes and sizes from spheres to rods and even spirals.
The Good, the Bad
and the Ugly
Bacteria are everywhere and there are millions of different types – some are good for us, some can be harmful, others don’t have any effect.
Some germs are very helpful – they can be used to make medicines and even used to make foods such as cheese or yoghurt. Good bacteria can also been found inside the human body – in particular in the stomach and digestive system where they help break down food.
But not all germs are good, some, such as E.coli and Salmonella, can make us sick. These often occur in places where we prepare food or in the bathroom, especially if the areas are not kept clean.
What can I do to protect myself
and family from germs?
There are certain things that germs need to grow, such as food, moisture and warmth. If we can take one or more of these things away it will help reduce the number of germs that can grow.
We can take active steps to kill germs by using antibacterial cleaners around the home. You’ll also find that some home appliances are specially designed to kill bacteria, giving you and the home extra protection from harmful germs.