Jason Tetro
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

What We Can Learn From Ebola in America

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Over the last week, the number of Ebola-based news reports, whistleblower accounts and commentaries in traditional and social media has grown exponentially. The crisis has gone from a sideline story involving three West African countries to the foremost topic of discussion in North America. Today, Ebola is on the mindset...

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Stopping Ebola Requires Commitment and Compliance

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 11:39 AM

The recent news of yet another American case of Ebola in Dallas is without a doubt concerning. Worse is the realization the patient isn't a member of the public, but a health care worker, a nurse. But what makes this occurrence even more worrisome is the timing; most public health...

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How Oxygen Can Be Used to Clear the Air

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 10:41 PM

Pink Floyd may have said it best:

Breathe, breathe in the air.
Don't be afraid to care.

These days, this lyric takes on an even greater meaning as we aspire to have a clean, healthy environment. Yet, our worries continue to be manifested as we witness rises...

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Why Canadians Shouldn't Worry About Ebola in North America

(36) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:24 AM

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed the world that the Ebola virus had come to the United States. This was not the first time the virus has set foot (or filament) on American soil, yet the other three instances occurred under the watchful eye of public...

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What You Need To Know About the Fast-Spreading Respiratory Virus EVD68

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Over the last month, the term EVD68 has been making headlines in both the United States and Canada. The acronym refers to a virus, known specifically as Enterovirus species D, serotype 68, although for decades, it has been referred to as EV68 (to avoid confusion with another EVD - the...

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The Bad News About Artificial Sweeteners

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 5:49 PM

It's been a rather tough year for artificial sweeteners. In that time, three new studies have been released suggesting they are poor substitutes for sugar. In the spring, an investigation into their use revealed a disconcerting association with the onset of depression. Then, a long-term analysis...

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Looking for a Fun, Easy Way to Keep Your Mouth Healthy? Try...Gum

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 9:50 PM

It's amazing what we do to maintain oral health. We brush our teeth, floss those gums, swirl mouthwash, endure whitening strips, and even suck on myriad different breath fresheners. All the while we hope to keep our dentists happy with our efforts. Now another option to help keep our teeth...

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Viruses of Bacteria May Help Win The War Against Cholera

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 9:54 PM

It's a well-known strategy in any war. While two forces are directly fighting against one another, the introduction of a third party ally can shift the dynamics towards one side. The new contingent not only distracts the targeted enemy but may even force them to forget about the initial war...

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Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 8:45 AM

With school moving into full swing this week, children will have the usual assignments to be completed at home. The theories behind homework have been examined for years but the consensus appears to be a combination of motivation to learn and preparation for a better future. While the...

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Mosquito Viruses Are a Biting Concern for Snowbirds

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 11:20 PM

In the coming month, close to a half million Canadians will begin their plans to forsake the impending cold of winter for the warmer climes of the south. These individuals, more commonly referred to as Snowbirds, will seek out new homes in the southern United States, primarily in Florida. There,...

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How To Prepare for Back To S̶c̶h̶o̶o̶l̶ Germs

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 4:18 PM

For the last month, the airwaves have been infiltrated with the usual Back To School advertisements in preparation for the beginning of classes. As always, there is a preponderance of offers to assist each and every student meet the needs and challenges of the school time experience. If one would...

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How the Ebola Crisis Is Uniting the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 11:52 PM

Last week, the World Health Organization called for a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to examine the nearly eight-month long outbreak of the Ebola virus. The group discussed at length the implications of the outbreak and whether there was enough evidence to support taking the...

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Canada, Don't Worry About Ebola

(5) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:48 AM

It's a common human tale. A person ventures away from the city, town or village in search of food, water, business or pleasure. Upon returning, regardless of the joys of the experience, not everything feels right. Symptoms of aches, fever, a cough and sluggishness appear; the individual is forced to...

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How Probiotics Could Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 10:14 PM

The value of good germs has been known for decades. The incorporation of a variety of bacteria such as Lactobacillus into our diet has been shown in research, clinical trials and anecdotally to be beneficial. Today, the use of probiotics in certain areas of medicine, such as the

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How to Avoid Germs in the Washroom

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:42 PM

The summer time means lemonade, beaches and more time in public bathrooms. But while the stall may look like sweet relief through beer goggles, it's actually a cesspool of germs. Nobody wants to waste sunny days in bed with a cold or flu, so we've asked The Germ Guy, a.k.a...

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The Long-Term Trauma of Gastrointestinal Infection

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 10:55 PM

Most of us have experienced at one time or another that rumble in the gastrointestinal jungle. The symptoms are well-known: gas, pain, diarrhea and an overall wish to hide until the scourge subsides. Most gut infections are short-lived and tend to resolve on their own allowing us to continue our...

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How Good Oral Hygiene Can Protect Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:23 PM

As with many scientific and medical breakthroughs, the discovery of the link between gum and cardiovascular diseases started off rather unexpectedly. Back in 1989, a group in Finland wanted to find out if heart disease could be linked to other chronic diseases. They did the usual blood analysis...

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Important Lessons From the Bacterial Equivalent of Human Society

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 11:49 AM

In almost every branch of the life sciences, diversity is a key to success. From an anthropological perspective, variation maintains a strong and resilient species. Biological diversification has played a significant role in the origin and evolution of humans bringing us to where we are today....

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A Fungus May Soon Save You From The Poison Ivy Itch

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:03 AM

The mere mention of the term "poison ivy" can send some people -- including Batman - into sudden spasms of scratching accompanied by shivers down the spine. Many of us believe this plant, which is actually a member of the sumac family causes little more than...

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Bacteria Could Increase Your Risk of a Heart Attack

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Heart disease is a killer. In Canada, almost 30 per cent of all deaths are caused by the sudden failure of the heart to pump the lifeblood throughout the body. Making the situation worse is the realization no one factor can be singled out as the cause. The...

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