Break The Infectious Cycle

by sania farooq and simran naicker

keep a watch out for the sniffles

The winter season is coming around and many infectious diseases are on their way to make you sick. Preventing yourself from getting sick is really important since everyone is walking around with tissues in their hands and water pouring our of their eyes. If you don't keep safe and follow hygiene procedures, you may be in for a treat (not really!)

what are infectious diseases?

Infectious diseases, also known as transmissible diseases, are illnesses that can spread between people or from animals to people, and can be caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites. Infectious diseases are the invasion of a 'host' organism or cell by a foreign replicator, which are mainly called microbes (since they're micro-organisms), which can't be seen by the naked eye. Microbes that cause illnesses are known as pathogens. The most common pathogens are large numbers of bacteria and viruses, but other kinds of micro-organisms such as fungi and protozoa can cause disease. An infectious disease is termed contagious if it can easily be passed on from one person to another.

what can prevent infectious diseases?

Infectious diseases can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, which all seem to be a play of spreading germs. To keep away from getting these bugs this winter, it is important to be safe and aware of what is happening around you. Avoiding people who have the cold and flu is not the only way to prevent yourself from getting them too. you need to do your part to keep warm and healthy this winter. That means being hygienic and following safety procedures are one of the most important things into preventing yourself and others from getting the winter sneezes.

3 easy hygiene steps that anyone can follow:

Dampen your hands and squirt some soap onto them. Scrub your hands thoroughly with soap and try to cover the whole area of your hand (which you can!). Getting in between your fingers and on your thumbs is important because that is where most of the germs are living. Rinse your hands with water and wash off ALL the soap that is on your hands so that they are nice and clean. Remember to dry them because some germs mat stay on, so once they are wiped they are sure to have less germs on your hands. Nice and clean hands in seconds!

keep safe, be hygienic and always be aware of your environment to keep happy and healthy this cold winter!