Jason Tetro
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Jason Tetro has over 25 years as a microbiologist learning about the relationship we all have with germs. Today, he is a recognized expert in the media and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post Canada , CTV, CBC, Globe and Mail as well as his own “Germ Guy” blog.

In 2011 he was awarded an honorary PhD in Social Media from Social Media University, Global in recognition of his work to improve hand hygiene through social media using the hashtag #handhygiene, which has now been adopted by the World Health Organization.

In 2013, he released his first book, The Germ Code about our relationship with microbes and the need to find a way to love them. It quickly became a science bestseller and was shortlisted for Book of the Year Award by the Canadian Science Writers Association. You can order it at: http://amzn.to/10W3V3D.

Entries by Jason Tetro

Celebrating Beer, a True Microbial Tradition

(5) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:39 PM

This week is special for Canada and the United States. It's our birthdays and as always, we are ready to celebrate!

One of the most important activities behind the festivities of July 1st and 4th is reflection. Both countries have gone through many changes over the last 148 and 239...

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How The Bacteria Up Your Nose Affects Your Health

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 9:04 PM

At one time or another, we all encounter the frustration of a runny nose. The infiltration of a virus into our nasal passages can lead to days if not weeks of drips, sniffles and sneezes. The cause is usually microbial, such as a virus like the common cold. All we...

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Is it Time to Re-Examine the Safety of Our Drinking Water?

(2) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 10:55 PM

In many areas of Canada, like Ontario, the levels of potentially pathogenic microbes can flourish and overwhelm our water treatment system leading to boil water orders or worse, outbreaks. These moments are thankfully rare thanks in part to the addition of a particular chemical, chlorine.

Chlorine is a...

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How Mouth Bacteria Affects How Fast a Wound Will Heal

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Quite possibly nothing is more frustrating than accidentally chewing on your cheek. It's painful and many times seems to take forever to heal. Part of that reason is due to bacteria.

There may be billions covering the tongue, the teeth, the gums and the cheek. The number of actual...

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Bioconcrete May Be The Future of Construction

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 9:25 PM

No matter where you are in Canada, you're most likely going to come across a building made with concrete. It's been an integral part of infrastructure for decades. The formulations have changed over the years but most modern mixtures contain rocks, sand, limestone and clay. The end product is touted...

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This Natural Chemical May Replace Triclosan and Improve Oral Health

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 8:03 AM

The quest for healthier teeth and gums seems to be endless and chemistry has come a long way to improve our oral health. Fluoride and sodium bicarbonate -- baking soda -- are the gold standards but they can only do so much. Other ingredients have since found their way into...

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Coffee May Be the Future of Mosquito Control

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:59 AM

For many people, coffee is the perfect way to start the day, end a meal, or help to recover after a long weekend. But while humans may tend to love the bitter flavour -- usually with some cream and sugar -- some insects find it toxic.

One of these...

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The Zombie Apocalypse Is Real! For Microbes at Least

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 11:09 PM

We do our best to be ready for any possible threat to our survival. None has put more fear in our hearts and resolve in our actions than zombies. These lurking undead creatures have captivated us and forced us to prepare for an apocalypse. Scientific reviews have revealed...

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Celebrating Hand Hygiene Day Is Good for Your Health

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 7:25 AM

It's hard to believe but most infectious diseases are perfectly preventable. A few simple actions can keep us safe from the collection of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and worms. We've known about them for over a century. Disinfection keeps our environment clean. Social distancing allows us to stay clear...

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The Fecal Bacterium You'll Learn to Love

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 10:54 PM

We tend to disregard feces as an inevitable part of our normal daily existence. We feel the push, head to the toilet, conduct our business and eventually send the smelly stuff into the sewers. But within that mass of waste is a species of bacteria that may one day be...

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Probiotics Could Control "Inflammaging"

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 11:33 PM

No one wants to grow old but time is always against us. The outward signs of aging are bad enough, but what happens on the inside is even more frustrating. As the years pass by, a number of changes happen including a weakened immune system and the onset of what...

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Why You Shouldn't Feed The Animals

(3) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 9:52 PM

With spring in full swing, the urban population is certain to rise but not as a result of human migration. Birds, rodents, and larger animals such as deer, elk and moose will begin to make appearances in our domestic environs. From parks to backyards, we can expect to see a...

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Yesteryear's Remedies May Be Tomorrow's Cures

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 10:22 PM

Last week, much ado was made about a fascinating story coming out of the United Kingdom. A thousand year old remedy for a common eye problem -- styes -- was tested in the lab against the pathogen, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The concoction was not only effective at killing...

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One of the Best Antibiotics Could Be in Your Kitchen

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 10:46 PM

Public health officials have accepted antibiotic resistance is no longer an underlying problem in medicine but a real threat. The number of bacteria capable of tolerating and evading one of our most powerful weapons against infectious disease continues to rise and several so-called pan-resistant strains already exist. The move to...

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MRSA Is More Widespread Than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 11:58 PM

At one time or another we may be asked by a friend or a relative to invite them in for a visit. Usually, it's only "for a few days." Most adhere to their promise but some may tend to overstay their welcome and hang around for much longer than anticipated....

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Fighting Infections Is No Excuse for More Salt In Your Diet

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 11:15 PM

It's mantra we have known for decades: too much salt is bad for you. We know the consequences of not adhering to this simple rule are vast including a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and even the condition where our bodies harm themselves, autoimmunity. It should come...

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It's Been a Rough Year for the Flu Vaccine

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 11:23 PM

Now that the flu season is coming to an end in Canada, many public health officials will be taking a look back to reflect on the year to see what went right and what went wrong. For them, the past six months may be considered as close to an annus...

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The Trigger That Turns C. difficile Into A Killer

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 7:38 PM

Over a decade has passed since public health officials sounded the alarm over the bacterium, Clostridium difficile. The concern originated in 2003-2004, when an outbreak in Quebec led to over 7,000 cases and over 1,200 deaths. Further surveillance revealed cases all across North America with at...

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To Prevent the Spread of Ebola, We Need Better Airport Screening

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 10:42 PM

Anyone who has watched the captivating program, Border Security knows thousands of men and women are this country's first line of defense against international threats. These individuals work tirelessly -- and as the show reveals, calmly -- to keep out a plethora of potential problems from illegitimate workers...

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More Reasons Why Breast Milk Is the Perfect Food for Babies

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 12:56 AM

Ensuring the well-being of an infant as he or she grows into a child and eventually an adult is one of the greatest vocations. For centuries, postulates have been tested to determine the best regimens to keep this process as smooth and as healthy as possible. Many methods have come...

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