What is the difference between germs and bacteria?

  1. PositiveChristian profile image60
    PositiveChristianposted 6 years ago

    What is the difference between germs and bacteria?

    I thought they were the same thing but my bleach bottle says it kills both.

  2. Rosemay50 profile image78
    Rosemay50posted 6 years ago

    I found this that might help , it appears that germ are just 'nasty' bacteria

    Bacteria are one of the five types of microbes1. Many bacteria are helpful to humans. They aid in our digestion, producing vitamin K and helping to break down food. They are used to make products such as cheese, butter, and yogurt. They are used to make many kinds of beneficial drugs, including insulin and antibiotics such as tetracycline and streptomycin. Nitrogen-fixing bacteria such as rhizobium in the soil are essential to life on Earth. Bacteria are used in sewage treatment plants, and tailored bacteria have been made that can clean up chemical and oil spills, and remove environmental pollutants from coal2.

    Not all bacteria are benign, though. Bacteria cause many kinds of disease. Bacteria that cause disease are called pathogens. We sometimes refer to them as "germs" in everyday speech.

  3. Learn Things Web profile image93
    Learn Things Webposted 6 years ago

    Germ refers to a microorganism that can cause illness. Most bacteria don't cause illness. Some bacteria are beneficial to us. For example, bacteria in our stomachs help to break down food. Your bleach is killing both harmless and bad bacteria.