Interview with a Germ: Communicable Disease Safety
Germs can be annoying. But they can also be deadly. Here are a few of the most common communicable diseases that you should avoid.
Considered to be one of the leading causes of death and disability in children.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
A common viral illness that usually affects infants and children up to 10 years old.
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
An antibiotic-resistant, opportunist pathogen that is known to survive on surfaces and is found most often in healthcare settings.
- Transmission can occur as a result of skin-to-skin contact or contact with shared surfaces or items such as towels or used bandages.
- Infection may occur when a cut or scrape comes in contact with the bacteria on unsterilized or improperly cleaned surfaces. Despite this risk, the role of contaminated objects has been overstressed.
- Unclean hands are the most common method for transmitting the infection.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash hands thoroughly.
- Use good housekeeping practices.
- Clean and cover cuts and scrapes.
- Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
- Clean contaminated equipment and surfaces.