How to Distinguish Between Pathogens, Viruses & Diseases

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With the global spread of the COVID-19, you have probably heard a lot of services that companies offer to help fight viruses. However, as we all learn more about infectious diseases, you may also be wondering about these confusing terminologies they use to classify pathogens, viruses, and diseases.

Regardless of what they’re called, we all agree they are a threat to our health and safety, but it’s good to know how to distinguish between pathogens, viruses, and diseases. Our disinfecting experts here at ServiceMaster by Wright will help you distinguish them and break down what you need to know.

How to Distinguish Between Pathogens, Viruses, & Disease


A pathogen is a microorganism that causes diseases. This includes the dreaded viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

At ServiceMaster by Wright, we offer cleaning and disinfecting to take care of a wide range of pathogens, especially viruses and bacteria. We’re proud to say that our technicians are licensed to perform mold removal and mold remediation, which are pathogen-related services that only a few cleaning and restoration companies are qualified to perform.


A virus is an infective agent, usually consisting of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat. Viruses are too small to be seen by the human eye and are only visible if you put it under a microscope. These viruses can multiply once they infect the living cells, of a host organism. The mode of infection is usually airborne or through touch. After the virus jumps to a new host, it will then infiltrate the cells and that’s what usually kills the cells. The most infamous one right now is the current Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), which is causing the worldwide pandemic and is one of many Coronaviruses known to humans.

With the help of our cleaning and disinfecting professionals at ServiceMaster by Wright, you may be able to significantly reduce the chance that any infections will occur on your property. This will give you peace of mind and extra protection for you and your family.


A disease is any type of disorder or disability in a living organism that causes harm. While some diseases only affect specific areas of the body (internal or external) or manifest in specific symptoms, others can lie dormant for years without a person knowing they are sick. Moreover, while some diseases are the result of physical injury and others are genetic, some can be developed due to infection from viruses and bacteria. While you could technically be a carrier for the Coronavirus and not know it, it is those who develop symptoms, such as fever, cough, fatigue, chills, and shortness of breath that are diagnosed with COVID-19 who are at high risk. So, it is better best take note that while disinfection services might not remove or kill the virus totally, it can significantly reduce the chance of your family to contractcontracting the virus at home. Technically, what disinfecting can do is help stop the spread of COVID-19. Diseases, as we have mentioned, can be a physical or internal disorder or disability. Because of this, it is recommended that you see a doctor if you are experiencing an unusual decline in your health.

Why Do You Need a Disinfection Company like ServiceMaster by Wright?

ServiceMaster by Wright is proud to offer home and business disinfectant services to help keep your property safe from harmful pathogens lurking around. With complete equipment that adheres to the Environmental Protection Agency, we are confident that we can help reduce the risks that are present in your property.

We can provide you with a certificate of disinfection with the date and time of your last disinfection. Displaying this certificate can reassure your employees and customers that you are taking ongoing measures to help protect them.

Need help keeping your property safe and clean? Looking for the peace of mind of knowing that your surfaces are truly sterile and safe to use? Call the professionals at ServiceMaster by Wright at (239) 431-9947 now to request a consultation for your home disinfecting service.