Typical tabloid journalism but highlights the need for washing reusable items.
any of us keep reusable bottles of water on our desks, yet almost none of us give a moment’s thought to the millions of bacteria, existing across a scale that goes from “harmless” to “hospital superbug”, that fester within them.
Some fun facts for you, as you consider your bottle:
(i) a single bacterium, in the right conditions, can divide every twenty minutes, meaning that a colony of one can become a colony of millions within a few hours;
(ii) those right conditions involve warmth, moisture, and nutrients, all of which are abundantly supplied by your bottle;
(iii) it sometimes takes just ten E. coli bacteria – E. coli is everywhere, and loves human faeces like knights love castles – to make you sick. Very sick.