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Originally Published by Integris Health

The multi-year fight against COVID-19 has many Americans more in tune with their health. Between wearing masks and practicing frequent hand washing, people are learning how simple behavioral changes and preparations can help with infection prevention.

We’re highlighting the importance of infection prevention and how individuals like yourself can play a role in eliminating the spread of harmful germs.

How is infection spread?

The world is full of microscopic organisms (pathogens), more commonly referred to as germs. You may not be able to see them, but germs are everywhere — they can be in the air you breathe, the dirt you walk on, the water you drink and the surfaces you touch. Some germs serve a purpose, such as good bacteria found in the intestines, but many germs are harmful.

There are four kinds of germs: bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Bacteria and viruses are the most common causes of infection, spreading to various parts of the body to produce various symptoms.

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