Germs in the Retail World – Glossary

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Do you know what is the real situation regarding germs in the Retail world?

During these last few weeks, we have only heard of viruses, pathogens, microbes, etc. Despite the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic, we must understand that these pathogens are part of the ecosystem in which we live. We have to realize that we really live surrounded by benign and malignant microorganisms.

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It is impossible for the naked eye to notice the microbes that surround us. So we want to make you aware of the reality of germs in the retail world. That’s why we are going to explain in a series of articles where the greatest amounts of pathogens are and the solutions that exist today to fight them.

Many times we don’t know the specific meaning of the biochemical lingo.

Do you know the difference between each one? Today we bring you what each word means.

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Terminology

ALGAE

BACTERIA

GERM

HOST

MICROBE

PARASITE

LATENCY PERIOD

PATHOGEN

VIRUS

PROKARYOTES

FUNGUS

PROTOZOA

VIRAL LOAD

Thus,

What is the difference between the terms ANTIBACTERIAL and ANTIMICROBIAL?

  • ANTIBACTERIAL refers to substances that fight the proliferation or infections caused by bacteria.
  • ANTIMICROBIAL refers to substances that act against microorganisms. For example prokaryotes, bacteria, eukaryotes, protozoa, algae, fungi, and viruses, killing them or preventing their growth.
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What is the difference between a BACTERIA and a VIRUS?

Bacteria and viruses can create disease. However, there are bacteria that help us in our day-to-day as in digestion. Nevertheless, when there are excess and harmful bacteria, they can generate a pathology.

  • REPRODUCTION: Bacteria can multiply while viruses attack healthy cells to transform them.
  • NEED TO LIVE: Bacteria need nothing to live, and viruses need a cell to live.
  • TREATMENT: Antibiotics attack bacteria. However, there is no specific treatment to kill a virus. Treatments often relieve symptoms. But it is the immune system that has to keep the virus at bay.
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