The difference between germs, bacteria and viruses

Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic invaded every aspect of our lives, healthcare terms like virus, bacteria and germs have become a part of mainstream communications. Although many of us use these words interchangeably, they have very different meanings and ways they affect our health.

Let’s take a look at the specifics so you can be informed and knowledgeable about the conversations happening right now.


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The Providence Body & Mind Team is dedicated to providing medically-sound, data-backed insights and advice on how to reach and maintain your optimal health through a mixture of exercise, mindfulness, preventative care and healthy living in general.

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