Last week I discussed the first chain of infection. This week I will discuss the second link in the Chain of Infection: Reservoirs.
So, let us say the first link was not broken, and the pathogen or germ was able to continue to the next link in the chain. A Reservoir is anywhere that the germ lives. This can be animals, insects, dirty surfaces, dirty equipment, soil, water, and of course humans. Getting rid of the reservoir will break this link in the chain and may prevent getting the Cold or Flu.
Ways to break the Reservoir link:
1- Don’t leave standing water around. If you are like me and you enjoy watching birds, and butterflies make sure you are changing the water frequently so germs do not thrive, and grow. The same can be said for pets or animals who live outside.
2- Disinfect surfaces and equipment daily, if exposed to high levels of germs. Of course, this would be any health-related facility. But, it could also be anywhere that dirty hands can come in contact with surfaces ie stores, restaurants, movie theaters, daycare, school, church, etc. Carry hand sanitizer and wash hands with soap and water as soon as you return home.
3- Control pests around home and business. Pests can include rodents, insects and other possible germ-carrying animals such as possum, skunks, armadillo, etc. Make sure your pets are healthy and have proper vaccines, flea and tick control.
4- Stick to infection prevention such as handwashing, getting vaccines if advised by your doctor, get enough sleep, eat a well-balanced diet, and exercise regularly. Some supplements that may help are Zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. Be sure to learn about how to take properly, and any side effects.
5- Soil testing procedures should be followed as advised by government policies.
It is possible to avoid Cold, and Flus by breaking the chain of infection. It takes being mindful and diligent in good prevention measures. Always remember that the #1 way to prevent Cold and Flu is good handwashing.
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