Say NO to Multi-Resistant Bacteria

Have you ever heard of multi-resistance bacteria? It's quite a spooky subject! We'd like to explain it a little better, because this week is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Since we disinfect far too much and take antibiotics too often, it is important to be aware of the dangers that can be associated with this. That is what this week is all about!

Multi-resistant hospital bacteria are those that have become resistant to all types of antibiotics. That sounds pretty scary, right? Well, they don't only exist in hospitals, but you can find them there. This is because a lot of antibiotics are used in hospitals and, after a while, the antibiotics no longer have any effect on the bacteria. What exactly does all this mean? And above all, how can healthy bacteria help? Because, good news, they certainly can! 

How does it work? 

In hospitals, a lot of disinfection and antibiotics are used. They do that to prevent diseases from spreading, of course. So the spreading and cultivation of those resistant bacteria has to do with hygiene, but not with too bad hygiene! No, it has to do with too good a hygiene. By disinfecting and using antibiotics so often, after a while only mutations of certain bacteria remain. That is because those bacteria contain a gene, a piece of DNA, that makes the antibiotics harmless, so they stay alive! The 'survivors' are then highly resistant to the drugs used. This then ensures that the antibiotics and disinfectants no longer have any effect on these mutations. And then it becomes dangerous. Luckily, they have it well under control in hospitals! But it's still a bit of a scary story. There are also certain regulations regarding the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry, for example. But multi-resistant bacteria remain a hot topic and a serious threat to public health. So the World Health Organization will continue to talk about it! 

Good bacteria can help 

What is the point of this bacteria story, you may ask. Well, of course antibiotics must be used sparingly. That way, bacteria have less chance of becoming resistant. But probiotic cleaning, like we do with YOKUU, can also be considered. By allowing good and healthy bacteria to determine the indoor flora, bad, unhealthy bacteria are given less of a chance. There's not enough room and food when there are already so many healthy microbes! The healthy bacteria eat so readily and quickly that there is not enough left over for the 'bad' bacteria, and so they cannot survive. When the bad bacteria get the upper hand, there will be dust, stains and odours everywhere. When the healthy bacteria get the upper hand, on the other hand, your house will smell fresh, dust will have less chance to settle and stains will disappear like snow in the sun! All's well that ends well!