OK, let’s pretend it’s happened. Antibiotics don’t work anymore and we’re back in David Cameron’s “Dark Ages.”
Oh, except it’s not a pretence. In more and more places, it’s the reality – all you have do is look at the deadly ebola outbreak currently running riot in Liberia.
Out there, it truly is the Dark Ages, 90% of patients who contract ebola do not survive. They DIE.
And how do they catch it? Follow-up investigations into just about every case point to lapses in washing hands, wearing protective clothing, or handling materials contaminated by the patient.
The problem is, ebola is so virulent it’s particularly lethal at exploiting any weakness in hygiene defences. The smallest lapse or chink in our armour and it’s through.
But properly protected, doctors, nurses and all those amazing professionals in Médecins Sans Frontières are reasonably safe from this dread disease.
See, it’s not antibiotics that’s protecting them. It’s good old-fashioned common sense and realistic commitment to hygiene. Which applies as much now as it ever did in the Dark Ages.
Which is precisely what’s wrong with our attitude back here in our nice, comfortable, ebola-free UK.
Apart from the dedicated few who keep banging on about hand hygiene, the rest of us are bumbling around not even bothering, or so lax about using antibacterial hand gel it’s worse than useless.
Yes, we’re too damn lax for our own good – and the antibiotics we’ve been relying on for so long to get us out of trouble can’t crack it anymore.
Well there’s a surprise. Because for all the care most us take, we might just as well be gallivanting through Liberia, shaking everybody by the hand, kissing them and sharing tea with them.
And then we have the gall to turn round and blame the NHS and the whole medical profession for not protecting us!
Listen folks, if we ever deserve to survive, we have to up our game.
And there’s one way staring us in the face that has been around since the same Nineteenth Century Dark Ages that we’re so terrified about.
What? There’s a defence system that can destroy ALL germs – and WE’RE NOT USING IT! Just how do we ever think we’ll live to see tomorrow?
Come on, now. Get your mind-set beyond just washing and think sterilisation, a process that basically kills ALL microorganisms.
And it’s not rocket science, we already know how to do it. By any one of these methods: heat, ethylene oxide gas, hydrogen peroxide gas, plasma, ozone or radiation.
Dark Ages? We’ve got more defences than Rambo!
Take just one, hydrogen peroxide. Because it’s quick, inexpensive – and with the latest Twenty-First Century spin on how you use it – highly effective.
Hydrogen peroxide works by oxidising action. It destroys bacteria and viruses by smashing their cell systems to nothing. Dead, gone, finished – every pathogen it’s ever been tested on.
And with modern delivery systems, the stuff hyper-warps to 99.9999% effectiveness – or in technical terms, a Sterilisation Assurance Level of Log 6. No just on surfaces either, total room purification.
First it gets ionised and an auto-robot sprays an ultra-fine mist of it into the air.
Because it’s electrostatically charged, it physically latches on to microbes in suspension or on hard surfaces and rips them to shreds by shoving oxygen atoms at them.
Next, because it has colloidal silver added to it, this capability is boosted several times over.
That allows greater economy with lower concentrations and an even finer mist to disperse, electrostatically attracted up through the air and deep into cracks and crevices.
An airborne defence system more effective than antibiotics.
Yes, more effective. Because if you think about it, for antibiotics to work, you have to get sick first. And who wants to take that chance?
And you can use this stuff everywhere – hospitals, hotels, restaurants, aircraft, coaches, food delivery trucks, supermarkets, schools, kitchens, toilets, and of course, at home.
Amazing right? But don’t get lax now. You still need to wash your hands. It’s a big wide world out there, with billions and billions of germs. Come back inside and you’re covered with them again.
But at least you know the room you’re in is safe.
Feel easier, Prime Minister?
Originally posted 2014-08-26 17:57:01.