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Microbes, also known as micro-organisms, are tiny living things that are too small to be seen without a microscope. They can be found everywhere, including in the air, water, and soil, as well as on our skin and inside our bodies. While many types of microbes are harmless or even beneficial, some can be harmful and cause disease. These harmful microbes are called pathogens.
There are different types of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Bacteria are single-celled organisms that can live in a variety of environments and play important roles in many natural processes. Some bacteria can cause infections and diseases, but others are used in medicine and food production. Fungi are another type of microbe that can be both helpful and harmful. Some types of fungi are used to make food, medicine, and other products, while others can cause infections and diseases such as athlete’s foot. By understanding the different types of microbes and how they can affect us, we can better protect ourselves from harmful pathogens and use beneficial microbes to our advantage.