The pandemic has made us aware that, more than ever, all of us are touched by microbes.
Microbes are the oldest forms of life on earth. They are a fundamental part of the world we live in, and they terrify us: an invisible inhabitant with the possibility of contaminating our cellular lives. Most microbes are harmless, coexisting on us, around us, and within us – making up our personal microbiome. They are smaller than a human cell, and we can only see them through the microscope, and on our skin, they form an invisible ecosystem working to keep it, and us, healthy.
Consider your hands.
The microbes on your hands are part of your individual microbiome.
They colonize and comingle on your fingers, your palm, between your fingers, the back of your hand.
The skin of your hand is teeming with life.
It is a living part of you, vital with microbes, and most of these are harmless.