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Harmful Bacteria On Computer Keyboards
Been exposed to viral and bacterial menigtis from co worker that died. What shoulf we all do. We all used the same phone, computers ect...
Ask health dept: First, I'm sorry about your co-worker. If he or she had Meningococcal meningitis, it would have been reported to the health department in your state. They contact everyone who had close contact with the person, and treat them with antibiotics. If that hasn't happened, it's more likely it was viral meningitis, which you don't need to worry about. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep in check: There is bacteria on our skin and in our colon. These bacteria are called " normal flora" and aside from aiding digestion they kill off harmful bacteria which shouldn't be there but under certain conditions like killing the normal flora with antibiotics allowing the harmful to flourish. The skin staph keeps the MRSA type staph in check again using a lot of antibiotics kill the good staph. ...Read more
Improper food: Hygiene. Realize that good and bad bacteria are everywhere. But with food, if it's not handled and stored in a safe fashion, it can allow all bacteria and fungi to grow out of control. Food is not only a nutrient for humans but also for bacteria. So if food is exposed/contaminated to bacteria (good or bad) during processing, it will often serve as a nutrient source to allow bacteria to thrive. ...Read more
No: Should not be harmful to wash your face (with face wash approved products), even after computer use. ...Read more
Wash it twice a week: A healthy person using a water bottle to carry clean drinking water is unlikely to get an illness from "harmful" bacteria in the bottle. Neither the water nor the bottle are sterile, so there will be some bacteria, but probably won't cause disease. Rinsing the bottle with a little drinking water at each refill will help keep the bottle clean. Actual cleaning of the bottle can be done twice a week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Go to the cdc website for that information. ...Read more
Expert opinions? Which is more harmful to your eyes: using computer or tv with lights turned off or on?
Neither: You can experiment with the lights on or off and at various intensities to see which makes it more comfortable and prolongs the ability to continue to work on the computer without fatigue but there will be no harm to your eyes doing any of these things. ...Read more
I saw something on tv about goldfish causing harmful bacteria. I have one and clean his aquarium out, is it something I should worry about?
Use care: There are bacteria in fish tanks but most of these do not effect people. That being said be careful when you are changing the water. And cleanup afterwards. Disinfect your sink and counters and your hands before you prepare foods. Your goldfish can live a long time if you take good care of them. ...Read more
Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?
Some are: Many computer games involve killing and maiming and seem to me to teach that violence is O.K. Others, like e.g. Snow boarding, teach dexterity and computer savvy. Like everything in life, it should be balanced by thoughtful restriction. I believe that the constant use of electronic gadgets is harming kids because it is surprisingly addictive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: However, this would require more than 400 characters; in fact, it would be a textbook-length treatise. Even giving you internet addresses wouldn't begin to do this subject justice. Generally, viruses aren't your friends unless they kill species that attack us. Otherwise, it's a huge mix. Without our microbe friends, life would be impossible. ...Read more
Could my illness be because my body detoxifying or can probiotics actually promote harmful bacteria?
Probiotics: These organisms can rarely actually produce disease, usually in patients who are immunosuppressed. Do not know what you mean by your body detoxifying. Be more specific and rephrase the question. ...Read more
How true that eating raw rice can cause harmful bacteria in the body like salmonella? Is there really side effect of taking raw rice?
Not really: Any food can be contaminated with bacterial pathogens but commercially purchased rice is not likely to be any more dangerous than any other product. Certainly, if taken directly from a rice paddy in countries in which human excrement is used as fertilizer, this may create a risk. ...Read more
I sniffed a bacteria called kocuria rhizophila during a lab. Will I be ok and is this bacteria harmful?
Should be fine.: It is very unlikely that you would be able to get it infection from this bacterium. It is very common in soil and it is commonly used in food preparation. The only actual infections that I could find were in people who had deficient immune systems. If you develop any symptoms, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
You don't need to: Unless you are using an older computer monitor (mid-1990s or earlier), you do not need to be concerned about radiation. Today's flat screens are pre-shielded, emit light differently than older cathode ray tube (crt) monitors, and are no longer found to be a cause for concern. Although monitor filters are still available, there is no proof that they are of any benefit with modern screens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No danger: Although it can cause eye strain and discomfort, there is no risk of blindness from being too close to a computer monitor or television. The real question is: why would you be sitting so close? You may need glasses, and could benefit from an eye examination. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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