There are many ways you can get sick. You can get viral or bacterial infections among other things. These are caused by germs. There are ways to protect yourself and some of them are outlined here. This is important for everyone but especially for those who are more prone to infections like the very young and the elderly.
- Germs live everywhere. You can find germs (microbes) in the air; on food, plants and animals; in soil and water — on just about every other surface, including your body.
- Most germs won’t harm you. Your immune system protects you against infectious agents.
- However, some germs are formidable adversaries because they’re constantly mutating to breach your immune system’s defenses.
“Many disease-causing bacteria produce toxins — powerful chemicals that damage cells and make you ill.”