The staphylococcus virus is a highly contagious type of bacteria that is responsible for the famous ‘hospital bug’ MRSA. The bug exists on the skin of 30% of healthy adults showing no symptoms, but then can cause a variety of effects when it comes into contact with broken skin or open wounds. Here it can cause a number of symptoms and cause a range of infections such as cellulitis and can even be fatal in some cases.
It is also particularly dangerous for those with low immune systems. It is so prevalent in hospitals as they present such a confined space with many people in them which makes a perfect environment for the spread of disease, coupled with the fact that mostly everyone in the area has a weak immune system as they are fighting off a range of conditions or has some form of open wound. At the same time though they can also easily spread around offices, university dorm rooms and households, making it highly important that we know how to kill off the virus and make our homes as free from infection as possible.
While you should always maintain a good level of hygiene and be sure that your home is as free from viruses as possible, if you should notice someone suffering the signs of a staph infection or they are diagnosed with one (this will often take the form of a skin infection around a wound) then you need to make extra certain to clean the area. Here is how to prevent the staph germs from spreading.
Treat Wounds Carefully
First of all it is important for the infected individual to treat their wound as carefully as possible. This is where you know the staph bacteria exist, so disinfect the wound (dab it with some water and salt on a regular basis) and keep it covered with bandages. Bandages are as important for the health of everyone else as they are for you. If you need to redress your wound then make sure to wash your hands thoroughly under hot water afterwards.
Wash Your Clothes Thoroughly
You also need to wash your clothes thoroughly and regularly to prevent the bacteria being transferred across them. This is particularly important if you have been recently in areas with densely packed people – such as gyms, offices or aeroplanes.
Use an Air Cleaner/Air Conditioner
Air cleaners can remove all kinds of bacteria from the air as well as other hazards such as dust, allergens and dirt. In hospitals they use disinfectant in their air conditioners in order to kill off bacteria in the air. While you might not be able to go to those extremes, a normal air cleaner or an air conditioner with a filter will still work well.
Use Disinfectant Spray
Spraying the side boards and cupboards down with a disinfectant spray is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the staph virus. Do some research and make sure the spray you use kills staph germs.
Use Antibacterial Soap
Antibacterial soap is of course soap that kills off bacteria. By purchasing these you can then wash yourself down daily to remove any staph germs living on your skin. Make sure to also wash your hair all over as staph can enter the body via the hair follicles.
Get a Dishwasher
A dishwasher washes plates using incredibly hot water and steam as well as dish washing products ensuring that it kills off all bacteria and probably more so than you would be able to kill off washing them on your own.