What is the difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial?

Answers to your latest COVID-19-related questions by Dr. Jen Ashton.
1:45 | 09/16/20

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Let's turn now to Dr. Jen Ashton who's back with answers to some of your questions. Dr. Jen, thank you so much. The first question, is the development of a covid-19 vaccine delaying developments of other vaccines or medical research? This is a great question, Amy. There are yes and no parts to the answer. First of all, in general, just because so much of the focus and the scientific and the medical community in terms of research and development globally has been shunted to be dealing with covid-19. Trust me when I tell you that other research is still ongoing. However, we have talked here before about interruption in supply chains and other things that are integral in the research and development process, so the large global answer, no, those are still ongoing. But could be some slowdown, interruption, of course it's always possible. Okay, lot of questions about cleaning our hands, our surfaces. This one asks, what's the difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial? Great question again. And this has to do with language and vocabulary. When we say antimicrobial, all microbes, parasites, bacteria, fungus that can cause infection, those are all microbes. Antibacterial is specifically for bacteria, and then you can divide that term into bacteria static, it kind of pauses the bacterial growth. Again, some medical and infectious disease linguistics. ? We appreciate those definitions. Dr. Jen thank you. You can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton.

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