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The plague after the pandemic (2 Sep, 2020)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:34 am
by aardvark_admin
This column is archived at: https://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2020/0902.shtml

Are we preparing the scene for even more super-strains of bacteria that show huge resistance to our disinfectants and sanitizing solutions?

Will removing the very things that keep our immune system fit and healthy see a rise in bacterial infections in the wake of CV19?

Is there a mitigation strategy to cope with this risk?

Re: The plague after the pandemic (2 Sep, 2020)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:52 am
by greven
Why has no nasty stuff managed to evolve a resistance to Alcohol yet? Everything else we use to eradicate the unwanted passengers obeys the laws of diminishing returns.

Re: The plague after the pandemic (2 Sep, 2020)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:59 am
by hagfish
In our household, we use soap. We bring our veg in from the garden, give it a rinse, and eat it. So far, so good. Alas, a nation-wide MRSA infection will be very egalitarian. We'll all go down together.

Re: The plague after the pandemic (2 Sep, 2020)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:59 am
by Muz
Just like those damn house flys. Years of using auto sprays have meant that these cursed flys laugh in your face when you resort to using a whole can of Raid on them now. I found that the most effective method was to hit them with the empty can.

Re: The plague after the pandemic (2 Sep, 2020)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:35 pm
by phill
they still seem attracted to uv light

Re: The plague after the pandemic (2 Sep, 2020)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:09 pm
by Kiwiiano
Touch wood, but the scientific community are beavering away at alternative ways of targeting pathogens. Genetic analysis is giving us more and more insights into how organisms function, allowing (hopefully) better targeting. One of the problems with antibiotics and antiseptics is that they are shotguns rather than stilettos, blasting away at everything that moves and all too often taking out the beneficial bacteria as well.

Re: The plague after the pandemic (2 Sep, 2020)

PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:24 pm
by cjet
Hitting flies with empty spray cans sounds loud.

Tip toe out of the cities is my advice.

Run for the hills when you get away

The preppers were correct.