American ecologists have conducted a study that proves that superbugs, invulnerable to antibiotics, are almost everywhere. They took dust samples from 42 sports facilities in the Northwest region of the United States and found the substance triclosan, an active antibacterial ingredient, in them. And also dozens of microbes, which under its influence began to mutate and acquire immunity from antibiotics.
Gyms were chosen because people here are in close contact with objects, plus they often wipe equipment with antibacterial wipes. This does not kill microflora - on the contrary, life is teeming with dust. And in many of the creatures in it, biologists have identified biomarkers inherent in antibiotic-resistant (resistant) bacteria. Although no real superbugs have been identified among them, scientists fear that it is only a matter of time - and such dust could become a new cradle for such pathogens.
It's all about the fascination of people with antibacterial agents, and although the same triclosan was recognized as dangerous and banned for use in hygiene products in 2016, before that it was used very widely. Today it has been replaced by other compositions, and some products, like yoga mats, are immediately made from materials with antibacterial impregnation. Gyms and the world around us are exposed to excessive exposure to chemicals that are designed to kill germs.
But life always finds a way out, and it is no wonder that under constant pressure bacteria not only die, but also mutate and adapt. With our manic inclination for cleanliness and adherence to household chemicals, we ourselves create the conditions for the emergence of resistant microbes. Whereas, instead of impregnated napkins, it is quite enough to use ordinary soap and regularly do wet cleaning.