Contagious, infectious, why you’re gonna catch it

Worried woman in mask
They’re everywhere, they’re everywhere! And germs aren’t picky who they infect

What goes around, comes around, right? Which is why you’re gonna catch it.

Because we’re not all hermits.

We need to be with each other and share things – at work, at home, or out enjoying ourselves.

Get a life and keep it

Otherwise, avoiding bugs is easy – we stay in splendid isolation and talk to nobody.

Not much of a life though, hey?

So we’re out there with everybody else – and sure as little apples, if there’s a bug going round, we’re ALL gonna catch it.

No, no, it’s not going to be because someone coughed over us, or sneezed in our direction. It’s not going to be because somebody honked their guts out on the office carpet either.

We’re careful, we keep away. We’re sympathetic, yes – but we don’t let that stuff touch us.

Besides, the place LOOKS clean and our hands aren’t dirty. If whoever it is stays away from work, we’re laughing.

If only we knew.

Because they could stay away for a week and we still might catch it.

Telling ourselves we can’t SEE germs doesn’t mean they’re not there. And germs, believe it or not, can survive for weeks clinging on to whatever – not the same as a nice, warm bod, but do-able.

So yeah, they’re there alright, all around us – like raindrops in a rain storm… No, hang on, that’s not all-embracing enough – like steam particles in a sauna.

SURROUNDING us.

Our own bio-aura

For starters, we each of us trail a cloud of germs – actually a cocktail of bacteria, skin and hair debris, viruses, fungi particles and dust all around us wherever we go.

There’s more in the air too, swirling and floating in every space on Earth. Too small to see so we don’t even think that they exist. Good germs, bad germs – so universally present it’s almost impossible to avoid them.

Only by washing them away are we momentarily safe from them – or eliminating them from the space around us, which amounts to the same thing.

Otherwise, we’re at risk, every moment of our existence.

We’ll touch something that somebody else has touched – a door handle, a light switch, a salt shaker or a phone. Next minute, because we do, we’ll touch our face and that’ll be it – bacteria will get in through our eyes or mouth – we’ve got the bug.

Yeah OK, most of the time it doesn’t happen.

Careless hygiene costs health

Our life and its surroundings are clean enough and hygienic enough for us to get away with it.

Which means we get forgetful. Careless because we’re always on the go. We don’t clean things, because they don’t look dirty. Or we get Harry casual when we do, choosing a wipe instead of a proper scrub with soap. And as for disinfecting… not even on the radar.

Want an example?

Look no further than your favourite coffee hangout.

More especially, watch the barista make your start-of-the-day cappuccino to go. See that steam pipe on the Gaggia machine? That’s to bubble the milk, give it that distinctive foam al perfetto.

Uh huh.

Now watch the J-cloth that wipes the pipe, then into the plastic jug, waiting for the next order. Watch again. Same wipe action, back to the jug. Over and over – all morning if you watch long enough.

Not exactly hygienic, right? Shouldn’t that be a fresh cloth every time? Or a tear-off paper towel?

Yet who else is watching? Not even an inspector is likely to pick that up. Unconscious habit – and so perfectly normal that nobody sees a thing.

And that’s how it happens. Sleep-walking ourselves into sickness.

A little bit of soap

Like, be honest, when was the last time you washed your hands? Before you left home? When you reached work? After you hit the loo? Before your ritual ‘cino and Danish?

Don’t worry if you feel a twinge of conscience at the last two. Most people forget either of them are so vital – a wonder we don’t fall down dead with so many germs around.

Makes you think twice about the office though, doesn’t it?

Perhaps not as safe as you think.

Especially when Harry from Sales upchucks after the staff party.

All those germs floating around. Billions and billions of them. Often only 2 microns across – small enough to fall THROUGH an unglazed terra cotta plate.

Ew! Because it only takes around ten particles of norovirus – our favourite winter vomiting bug – to infect someone. And one droplet of vomit can contain 100,000,000,000 particles.

OK, so Harry stays away – and so do you. Except it’s near the photocopier, an area you can’t avoid.

Germ defence force-field

Nae problem, your work has got you covered with a Hypersteriliser.

You go home last thing – and the chars move in, right? And last thing when they quit is press the button on the machine.

Hisssssssss!

That’s ionised hydrogen peroxide misting up the place. Penetrating everywhere through the air space and oxidising germs on the fly. Over, under, behind, through – into all the cracks and corners. Over every surface too.

Forty minutes later, the place is sterilised. No viruses, no bacteria, nothing.

Next day, Harry is safe, home in bed.

And you’re safe with your ‘cino and Danish – after a turn by the wash basin. No point taking needless chances.

Except what? No Hypersteriliser, it was only on appro?

Better book your own sickie off now, it’s only a matter of time. And get the boss to order one fast.

Because you’re going to catch it.

So’s he.

Back Off, Bacteria! is the blog of Hyper Hygiene Ltd, supplier of what we’re convinced is the most effective health protection system in the world. A fully mobile, all-automatic Hypersteriliser machine mists up workplaces with ionised hydrogen peroxide, spreading everywhere and eliminating all bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Hypersteriliser units are supplied to businesses and institutions across the UK, notably the haematology and other critical units at Salford Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester; Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital; South Warwickshire Hospital; Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital; and Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

The Halo Hypersteriliser system achieves 6-log Sterility Assurance Level – 99.9999% of germs destroyed. It is the only EPA-registered dry mist fogging system – EPA No 84526-6. It is also EU Biocide Article 95 Compliant.

Originally posted on 31 December 2018 @ 11:09 pm

Originally posted on 31 December 2018 @ 11:09 pm

Why your gut feel could be righter than you think

Pleased woman
Yes, go with your gut – it knows better than you

You’re already familiar with it.

The butterflies in your stomach before you do something big.

A job interview, marriage proposal, or your first bungee jump.

Your tummy talks to your head – all nervous and scared. Kinda natural, there’s 100 trillion bacteria living in your gut – we’re only 10% human really – and their No 1 priority is to survive. They don’t want you to put the body in danger – don’t do this, walk away, no!

Who’s the boss?

Except you don’t, do you? Your head rules and you do it anyway. But your recognise your gut is right most of the time – it’s just that this time is special.

And how often doesn’t it happen that you have to acknowledge your gut feel is right?

How can that be, it’s just a mess of intestines isn’t it? How can that possibly influence what your brain is thinking?

Not what it’s thinking, but how it responds.

Inside the body, different bacteria do different things – and they’re as essential to our survival as water is to plants – a living symbiosis we cannot do without.

So while some bacteria help with digestion and providing the body with nutrients, others have other functions – secreting neurochemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and gamma aminobutyric acid, all of which influence mood.

We know the consequences only too well. If the gut’s out of balance, we experience depression and anxiety.

It goes from there.

Because our own behaviour determines that balance.

Germs in charge

Most of the time we read the gut’s signals correctly. But getting them wrong or ignoring them can land us in big trouble – obesity, asthma or even cancer.

So getting them right is kinda vital. Eat the right foods, exercise the body, avoid smoking and drinking. Sound familiar?

Gut feel always told us how we should live – and now research is catching up to prove we were right.

But it’s not just inside our bodies that bacteria are active. They surround us constantly in a swarming cloud outside too – an aura that is biologically unique to every one of us, infinitely more precise than a fingerprint or a retina scan.

A pushy bunch too, determined to assert themselves wherever the body happens to be.

It takes only minutes for our bio-aura to populate a room. If we stay there for long, all trace of anything previous is quickly obliterated – displaced by our own particular blend of good bacteria, also-ran freeloader bacteria, and bad bacteria – plus of course whatever viruses we’re toting around too.

Incriminating evidence

All this trails around after us. Lingering wherever we’ve been – a tell-tale of exactly who we are and what we’ve been up to – our positives and negatives waiting to be explored by (or attack) whoever comes along next.

Which means if we’re toting among other things any pathogens that may be harmful – though we might be immune ourselves, we leave them lurking for someone else.

A cold or flu virus that maybe hasn’t broken yet. Norovirus from the dodgy stir-fry off that street-vendor – already making tummy twinges and lying in wait on the keypad we used for secure entry (unwashed fingers) – and drifting in the air round the door it operates.

Residual pathogens, waiting in ambush. Multiplied several times over by all of us working in the same office.

Any unbalanced body walking into that lot will be pulling a sickie tomorrow for sure – a real one.

Germ protection

Which is why, though we live in a world of bacteria and are 90% germs ourselves, we still need to protect ourselves from the bad guys – harmful viruses and bacteria in the wrong place – our living and working environment.

Not much we can do all together while we’re working.

But when the day ends and we all go down in the lift – strong traces of our residual bio-auras are still there – a high germ threshold waiting to trap us in the morning.

Except not this time. Because after work, it’s protection control with a Hypersteriliser.

The place gets misted up with ionised hydrogen peroxide – and 40 minutes later, all viruses and bacteria are gone – safe and sterile, totally germ neutral.

OK, so a lot of innocent bacteria might get lost in the process – there are too many to ask which are good and which are bad, and separate them so they’re harmless. Sterile means sterile, which means ALL bacteria are gone.

Not really a problem, because none of our personal bacteria are harmed – we’ll re-populate the rest in the morning when we clock back in with our bio-auras. Ten minutes and there’ll be a good healthy bio-universe in the office just like yesterday. But with no bad guys.

Which gut feel tells us has GOT to be right.

Back Off, Bacteria! is the blog of Hyper Hygiene Ltd, supplier of what we’re convinced is the most effective health protection system in the world. A fully mobile, all-automatic Hypersteriliser machine mists up workplaces with ionised hydrogen peroxide, spreading everywhere and eliminating all bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Hypersteriliser units are supplied to businesses and institutions across the UK, notably the haematology and other critical units at Salford Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester; Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital; South Warwickshire Hospital; Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital; and Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

The Halo Hypersteriliser system achieves 6-log Sterility Assurance Level – 99.9999% of germs destroyed. It is the only EPA-registered dry mist fogging system – EPA No 84526-6. It is also EU Biocide Article 95 Compliant.

Originally posted on 20 October 2018 @ 8:50 pm

Originally posted on 20 October 2018 @ 8:50 pm

Help, my love-life is killing me!

Lovers breakupTruer than you know.

Ask any teenager. The angst, the gut-wrenching roller-coaster as moods switch, anxieties kick in and self-esteem goes through the floorboards.

Any idea what that does to your body system?

Read the signs – accelerated pulse, irregular breathing, acid stomach, deprived or reduced sleep.

Yeah, OK – we all know the score.

But the symptoms are real. The body’s equilibrium is out of balance and the whole metabolism is at hazard.

Why? Because the threshold is down – the ability to resist viruses and bacteria. The resilience to do things. The strength to stand up to the world. Emotional meltdown.

Perfect for germs to attack – and they do.

Look no further than your nearest TV soap. Just about every love story recognises that downcast lovers can sicken and die.

But they don’t die of love. They die of flu, or gastro, or some usually harmless nuisance bug. Struck down by their own defencelessness.

Young, strong, fully able-bodied – that’s why such losses are a tragedy.

Because once you get beyond say 25 or 30, none of that applies any more. You’re no longer a spring chicken. Injuries or accidents have left their mark. Breathing in all those fumes at work hasn’t helped either.

As your Doc might say, you have “an underlying medical condition.”

IOW – a germ entry-point.

And pretty well all of us have weaknesses of some kind or other. Yet we rattle around happily through life – unaware of the billions and billions of germs that always surround us – that are always ready for the opportunity to invade and damage us.

Yeah, maybe we wash our hands now and then – never as often as we should. And of course we try to keep our surroundings  clean and fresh – wiping and vacuuming, with the occasional scrub.

Yet in the air around us – dragging it around, kind of like our own personal bio-aura – there might be as many as 3.5 million viruses and bacteria to every cubic metre.

Which means if you’re average height – say 1.7 metres – you could be surrounded by upwards of 30 million germs. And that’s just you, by yourself.

Slightly different out in public. Like in the Underground during the rush hour, stuck between stations. Three hundred people in a carriage. Is it any wonder that our “underlying medical condition” makes us want to pull a sickie?

So where is our body armour, our force-field, our invisible barrier against these bio-attacks? Is it just the body’s natural immune threshold and that’s it?

Ulp!

Actually there is a defence – and a mighty good one too.

To sterilise the air around us and everything it touches. Oxidise all viruses and bacteria into oblivion before they can get to us.

Ozone will do it. So will hydrogen peroxide. Ammonium chloride. And a very few of those cleaners and bleaches that work by releasing oxygen.

But walk into a room after one of these things has been in action and the place can be pretty well sterile. Down to three germs per million air particles in a hospital operating room. Or in your own office if you like. Ten minutes misting up the place should do it fine.

Not quite so easy to fall in love with, of course.

But it’s reassuring to know you won’t die.