Is there Even a Difference Between Bacteria & Virus?
It may surprise you, but yes there is a big difference between these two things. But if there’s one thing that they have in common, it’s that human beings want to kick them out of their homes! In order to properly remove each, you’ll need to understand the difference. Luckily, evem a little knowledge can go a long way towards helping us cope and provide peace of mind that we can continue to keep our homes safe. So to help you out, we have put together this infographic comparing bacteria and viruses, and the differences between them.
As the carpet cleaning experts of Petaluma, CA, you can trust that this information has been well researched. Check it out to get the science straight, and to stop your stress about sanitizing and disinfecting! All you’ll have to do is give us a call to talk about our Sanitizer Application Service!
|Not a living organism||Living organisms|
|Submicroscopic — range from 0.02 to 0.25 micron (a micron is one millionth of a meter)||Much larger than viruses — about 0.4 micron|
|Only grow and reproduce inside of the host cells that they infect. When outside of living cells, viruses are dormant — this is why they need a living cell in order to “live”||Consist of a single living cell than can generate energy, make food, move, and reproduce — this is why they can live in places such as soil, water, plants, and the human body|
|Visible under electron microscope||Visible under light microscope|
|Cause systemic infection||Cause localized infections|
|Examples of systemic infections: AIDS, common cold, flu, chicken pox, measles, Covid-19||Examples of localized infections: food poisoning, gastritis, ulcers, meningitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis|
|Antibiotics designed for bacteria have no effect on viruses||Can often be treated with antibiotics|
|Most viruses are potentially harmful||Most bacteria are not harmful|
A Few Ways to Avoid Spreading Bacteria and Viruses
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Wash hands regularly, after touching high-touch surfaces, and before eating.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Use EPA-approved disinfectants on surfaces in the house
- Call in the professional Petaluma Carpet Cleaning team here at North American Chem-Dry