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

How Chewing Gum Can Help Your Oral Health

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 10:59 PM

The question has plagued dental professionals for years. Is chewing gum good or bad for your teeth? The rubbery substance has been used for millennia dating back to the Ancient Egyptians and Mayans. Originally gum was used to keep the mouth busy during times or work, ennui or angst but...

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How Aging Affects Inflammation in Our Bodies

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 10:04 PM

One of the most intriguing aspects of relationships -- human and microbial -- has been the change associated with aging. As we grow older, our bodies change both on the outside as well as beneath the skin. A hallmark of the process known as immunosenescence in which the...

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Travelling South? Beware The Chikungunya Virus

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 10:17 PM

If the advertisements on television are any indication, this is high time for travel to Central America and the Caribbean. Each year, over a million Canadians head down to these ocean-rimmed paradises in search of solace from the wretched winter weather. The lure is understandable as these destinations...

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New Year, New Flu, New Troubles

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 10:31 PM

It's that time of year again: flu season. Once again, the influenza virus has showed up in Canada threatening up to 20 per cent of the population. In a normal year, millions of people are infected annually with thousands needing hospitalization and hundreds succumbing to the...

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Spice Up Your Health This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 11:03 PM

Colors of the world; Spice up your life Every boy and every girl; Spice up your life People of the world; Spice up your life
-The Spice Girls

It's been said that variety is the spice of life. This is epitomized during the Holiday Season when an incredible array of...

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Why You Don't Need To Worry About Using Public Toilets

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 11:33 PM

There's nothing worse than that sudden urge from the bladder or the bowels. At home, it's not a concern but when we are out our only solace is the public toilet. Whether you call it the bathroom, the washroom, the powder room or the water closet, humans have a constant...

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This Holiday, Treat Yourself to Alcohol(-Based Sanitizer)

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 8:13 PM

December is now in full swing as are all the activities related to the holiday season. From shopping, to parties, to those getaways to escape the cold, Canadians are moving and mingling. Sadly, this time also marks an upwards shift in the number of respiratory infections.

Canada has already...

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An "Archaea" Solution To The Post-Antibiotic Era

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 12:24 AM

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization declared antibiotic resistance to be a global threat. Without action to reduce antimicrobial use, humanity's ability to fight off serious infections could be at risk. The United States Center for Disease Prevention and Control went even further by suggesting the...

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Will We Actually Be Able To Prevent Candida With Mucus?

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 11:26 PM

The mere mention of the word Candida can bring many people to the brink of disgust. The term refers to Candida albicans, a normally harmless fungal species in healthy individuals with a balanced microbial ecology. Yet, when disruptions in the nature of our microbial population occur,...

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Invite Friends, Not Microbial Menaces, to Your Holiday Party

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 11:23 PM

As we say goodbye to the warmth of the fall and hello to winter, our thoughts turn to the season known as the holidays. To mark this special time, we will undoubtedly hear of and be invited to a number of work parties, family gatherings, and social soirees. But while...

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The Best Defence Against Colds and Flu Is More Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 6:53 PM

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada's FluWatch Canada has once again entered the cold and flu season. The expected exponential growth in cases has begun and soon will lead to widespread coverage of the country with a combination of coughs, sneezes and sick days. Also, as...

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Germs Suffer "Jet Lag" And Can Make You Fat

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 8:06 PM

Anyone who has traveled across time zones knows the feeling of jet lag. The symptoms are wide-ranging in nature and can include sleep disturbances, a lack of mental clarity and even irritability. The experience is temporary for the most part but can have drastic consequences on quality of life and...

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Understanding the "Fearbola" Infection

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 11:27 PM

It happened again. On Thursday night around 9 p.m., New York City confirmed one of their own; a doctor named Craig Spencer, had contracted Ebola and was being treated at a local hospital. Not surprisingly, the media responded with nonstop coverage of the event and the press conference.


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What We Can Learn From Ebola in America

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 3:17 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 | 12:39 PM

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 | 11:41 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 | 10:24 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 | 9:38 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 | 6:49 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 | 10:50 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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