Germs! How They Breed, How They Spread, and How Cold Plasma Kills Them!

Germs are everywhere.  They lie in wait on tables, door knobs, computers, and any other surface open to air, to pounce on us and make us sick.  Sometimes it feels like a losing battle, fighting off a bug, having it go through the entire household or workplace, then coming right back to infect you all over again.  Besides living in a bubble, what can we do to stop this vicious cycle?  ProDryers knows the answer.

First, let’s start with those pesky germs.  We use the term germ to mean any kind of pathogen that makes us sick.  Bacteria is only one of many pathogens.   Although 90% of bacteria are “good” bacteria, which is needed for us to live, that 10% of “bad” bacteria can cause many different diseases.Bacterial infections include E. coli, TB, Lyme disease and many more.

Bacteria is a single cell that reproduces by binary fission.   Simply put, it clones itself.  The single cell bacterium divides in half to make two identical daughter cells.  When the right temperature and nutrients are available, some bacteria like E. coli can divide every 20 minutes.  In one hour, one single bacterium becomes eight.  Doesn’t seem like much, does it?  After seven hours, one bacterium can generate 2,097,152 bacteria.  After one more hour the number of bacteria will have become 16,777,216! That’s why we can quickly become ill when pathogenic microbes invade our bodies.2

Bacteria spread by the tiny droplets from sneezing or coughing.  These droplets can fly through the air, as mist, up to 10 feet.  They can live on chairs, light switches and computers for up to 2 hours.  Once on our hands, they can live longer.  Since we touch our face an amazing 5500 times a day, we will eventually touch our eyes or mouth to transfer that tiny droplet filled with bacteria into our bodies.

The CDC says that the best way to kill pathogens is to wash hands.  Their recommendation is to:

  • *Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  • *Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • *Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.  Need a timer?  Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • *Rinse your hands well under running water.
  • *Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.3 

Also from the CDC:

“Wet hands have been known to transfer pathogens much more readily than dry hands or hands not washed at all. The residual moisture determines the level of bacterial and viral transfer following hand washing.  Careful hand drying is a critical factor for bacterial transfer to skin, food and environmental surfaces.”   Acceptable hand drying methods listed are single-use paper towel, single-use cloth towels and hand dryers.4

So, now we know how fast some bacteria breed and how to stop the spread of bacteria, but few people actually wash their hands well enough to kill the pathogens from their hands.   According to a Michigan State University study, only 5% of over 4000 subjects were observed to wash their hands correctly.5   If the majority of people are not doing their part in keeping germs down to a minimum, how are we to keep those germs away from us?

A new technology in medicine is making breakthroughs around the world.  It’s called cold plasma and it may change the way we use medicine in the future.  Plasma is the fourth state of matter.  Matter changes as it heats from a solid to a liquid to a gas to plasma.  Plasma is found naturally throughout the universe and on earth.  In simplest of terms, cold plasma is plasma “cooled” to approximately 105o.  It is likened to the fresh air on a mountain top or ocean breezes.  It is what we use in neon lights and plasma TV’s.   This technology has been around since the 1920’s, but only recently was discovered to have medicinal value.

Cold plasma has been studied around the world in the use of killing pathogens in surgical sites.  Svetlana Ermolaeva, at the Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow has determined cold plasma is a superb method of killing pathogens in wounds.  “Cold plasmas are able to kill bacteria by damaging microbial DNA and surface structures without being harmful to human tissues.  Importantly, we have shown that plasma is able to kill bacteria growing in biofilms in wounds…”6

ProDryers is pleased to offer American Dryer’s revolutionary new hand dryer called the eXtremeAir cPc (Cold Plasma Clean).   It uses cold plasma to actually kill pathogens while drying hands in warm air.  A plasma generator is installed in their very popular eXtremeAir hand dryer.  Pathogens like E. Coli, C diff, Staph, MRSA, and TB all die when put under the eXtremeAir cPc hand dryer.  These are all pathogens that can cause mild to extreme illness and even death.  Simply placing hands under the dryer will kill those germs that make us sick. 

The eXtremeAir cPc has the smart multi-voltage motor, adjustable speed, and compact style the popular eXtremeAir has, with one major differenceIt is the only dryer to actually kill germs and deodorize hands.  The applications of this innovative new dryer are enormous.  Schools, sports venues, hospitals, work places, restaurants, anywhere where people convene, are perfect places to install this dryer.  Will we ever get rid of all the pathogens in our environment?  No, never, but the eXtremeAir cPc will help us get out of living in that bubble.