microbes are organisms too small for the human eye to see. They live all around us and even in us.

Humans are home to millions of microorganisms. Some microbes make us sick, but most are important to our health. The most common microbes we home are bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

What are they?

Microbes are organisms too small for the human eye to see. They live all around us and even in us.

Humans are home to millions of microorganisms. Some microbes make us sick, but most are important to our health.

The most common microbes we home are bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

What are they?

Microbes are organisms too small for the human eye to see. They live all around us and even in us.

Humans are home to millions of microorganisms. Some microbes make us sick, but most are important to our health.

The most common microbes we home are bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

 
 
There are more bacteria in you than human cells

less than 1% of bacteria that lives within our bodies are harmful to us.

 

Most bacteria that live in us help our food digest and even sends signals to our brain. 

The more good bacteria in your body the less likely you are to get sick from harmful bacteria and virses

How do we deal with harmful bacteria?
 
We use antibiotics

Antibiotics are lifesaving drugs that have been around since the 1950s.

And are used to blindly dimish

bacterial infections. But will also dimish good bacteria.

Our dependence on antibiotics are harming us. We overuse them in our hospitals, homes, and in our farming industry which then contributes it getting into our water system and soil.

And our overuse is promoting the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

 
Antibiotic-Resistant 

Bacteria are single-celled living organisms. They over time evolve and adapt to their surroundings.

Bacteria becoming resistant to our antibiotics (Aka becoming Superbugs) is not new.

It's been going on since antibiotics were discovered.

 

Bacteria

 

 

Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.

-CDC

 
Common Mistakes
with Viruses

1 in 3 doctors misprescribe antibiotics and 1 in 4 people will take antibiotics without consulting their doctors.

Most times they are mistakenly treating a viral infection which antibiotics don't work on.

Because some believe antibiotics can cure all,

which they can't.

 

The common cold, flu, and measles are all viral infections, so antibiotics won't work on them and can make you even sicker when antibiotics are

used incorrectly. 

Viruses are considered dead microbes due to them not having a cell wall, so they rely on taking over other cells and becoming their host to multiply.

 

Always ask your doctor and yourself if antibiotics are what you really need to take when you are sick.

It can be hard to tell if you are sick with a bacterial infection from a viral infection since

the symptoms are similar 

but with time and

the proper research

you can do what is

best for your health.

 

Antibiotic Aware
How to be 

154 million prescriptions of antibiotics are made each year.

Antibiotics do not stop at human consumption, 20 million pounds of antibiotics are used for producing farm animal meat.

Which will go into our soil, water, stomachs, and our bacteria which increases our antibiotic-resistant bacteria problem. Be aware.

 

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