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The Difference Between Bacterial and Viral Infections and How to Avoid Them

While bacterial infections and viral infections are extremely common, both come with their own particular set of mild and severe risks. To reduce your facility’s risk of exposure, it’s important to first understand the difference between a virus and bacteria. 

Bacterial infections are single-celled microorganisms that can survive on their own. Some bacteria are harmless, while other types can cause illness. Luckily, many of the more serious bacterial infections a person can get can be treated with antibiotics. You can have a bacterial infection by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water, or by exposure from someone that already has a bacterial infection.

Viral infections are smaller than bacteria, and require a living host to remain active. Like bacterial infections, some types of viral infections are harmless, while other strands can do serious damage. Viral infections can be exposed through inhaling the same air as someone who coughed or sneezed, or sharing saliva, cutlery, or cups with someone that has a viral infection.

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While bacterial infections and viral infections are extremely common, both come with their own particular set of mild and severe risks. To reduce your chance of being infected, it is important to practice sanitary measures such as frequently washing hands, avoid sharing glasses or cutlery, and cleaning surfaces that are touched often. At Get Maids, our cleaners can provide deep-cleaning to lower the risk of being infected. 

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1 Comment

  1. May 1, 2021 - 3:09 pm
    Chris Wensel

    Not that I would love an infection but at least with bacterial infections I can just take an antibiotic and get it over with

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