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

Simplicity May Turn Antibiotic Resistance Into Antimicrobial Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 5:00 PM

If you follow the news, you may have seen an increase in reports and stories on the use of antibiotics and the consequences of resistance. It's due to Antibiotic Awareness Week, an initiative originated and fostered by the World Health Organization. The seven-day campaign focuses on improving public...

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Meet Escherichia albertii, A Pathogen To Watch

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 3:27 PM

When it comes to foodborne illness, the most feared enemy has to be Escherichia coli, or as we all know it, E. coli. This bug has been causing troubles for decades leaving people with diarrhea and other complications. Some of the members of this microbial group, with names like

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There May Be A Social Reason For The 'Man Cold'

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 8:38 AM

It's about that time of year when those cold and flu viruses will be making yet another surge across the country. When they hit, we're certain to encounter a number of symptoms including sniffles, coughs, sore throat, and fever. For most of us, this will be just another moment where...

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Probiotics May Be The New Vaccines

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Probiotics have been getting quite a bit of attention of late. By definition, they are "live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host." This rather vague definition has led to a host of potential benefits ranging from better digestion to improved...

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'Frankenviruses' May Be the Medicines of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 9:35 AM

Around this time of year, Canadians begin to prepare for one of the spookiest nights on the calendar, Halloween. In addition to the usual traditions of Trick or Treat, costume parties, and pumpkin carving, we also take time to look back at some of the scarier stories in our fictional...

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Using Bacteria to Fight Disease May One Day Improve Oral Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 9:28 AM

A trip to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking event. We're helpless as these oral professionals examine our mouths looking for a variety of troubles. Cavities and gum disease are the usual suspects and have the most immediate impact in the form of fillings, surgeries and tooth extraction. But many...

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Let's Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition: Talking About the Flu Shot

(10) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:47 AM

This past weekend, Canadians across the country took a few moments to step away from the rush of work and school. They gathered with friends and family to celebrate the arrival of fall and bemoan the inevitable dread of winter. Amidst a variety of harvest choices, they ate and most...

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How Yeast Influences the Flavour of Your Wine

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 6:06 PM

You don't have to be a sommelier to know wines come in all different aromas and flavours. All you need to do is open up a few bottles from different regions of the world -or countries, like France, Italy, Spain and Canada. You will be greeted by a different nose...

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Indoor Plants Are Good for Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:36 PM

With summer coming to a close and the cooler temperatures beginning to infiltrate the Canadian climate, most of us will eschew the outdoor environment for the warmer climes of indoor air. But the warmth of the air is perhaps the only benefit to being inside.

Humans have a tendency...

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Does Breast Cancer Have a Connection to Cows?

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 1:18 AM

Cancer is the number one killer in this country. In women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of this potentially deadly disease. Researchers across the country and around the world are working tirelessly not only to find a cure but also to find the cause.


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How Microbes Could Give You a Heart Attack

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Twenty years ago, heart disease was the number one killer of Canadians. That number has dropped over the years thanks in part to research examining the causes of heart attacks and recommendations for better preventative behaviours.

Despite this drop, there is still much to...

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These Lessons Can Save a Child's Life

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 1:14 PM

It's that time of year when kids all across the country head back to the hallowed halls of education to increase their knowledge. We are all familiar with the subjects: math, science, history, literature, and grammar. Teachers act as mental coaches to strengthen brain power and give children a chance...

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How Microbes Add Misery to Chronic Sinus Issues

(4) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 11:28 PM

It's a scourge comprised of sniffles, soreness, and snot. Sinusitis affects every one of us at some time during our lives and for the most part, we suffer the symptoms until they eventually subside. But for 5 per cent of Canadians, the troubles seem to go on without...

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DNA May Be the Hard Drive of the Future

(5) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 9:19 AM

Last week, a story appeared that seemed to come out of the pages of a science fiction novel. A team of researchers in Switzerland developed a new way to store digital data. Instead of hard drives, chips, or crystals, they used the genetic material found in all living...

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Eating Local Can Help Avoid This Parasite

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 11:31 PM

This past week, another microbial outbreak made the Canadian headlines. This time, the cause was a parasite with a name that sounds like a comic book supervillain, Cyclospora. It's officially known as a protozoan and in the last few months, caused 83 cases with a few requiring hospitalization.

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How Bacteria Could Help Weight Loss Surgery Success

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 11:31 PM

Obesity has been a rising problem for decades. In Canada, 25 per cent of adults and one in ten children are clinically defined as suffering from this chronic condition.

Controlling obesity is never an easy prospect and for some, the best option is to undergo bariatric surgery....

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We Now Know the Reasons Behind "Fearbola"

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

It's been less than a year since the dreaded Ebola virus appeared on North American soil. In a matter of a few weeks, the virus went from being someone else's problem to a homeland threat. In the process, media headlines captured the attention of millions and struck fear into most...

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You Won't Believe Where Researchers Found Lyme Disease

(10) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 9:32 PM

The rise of Lyme disease has been in a word, dramatic. In just a few years, the illness has gone from obscurity to a national public health concern. The condition has gained even more attention as it has struck celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, and Ashley...

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How Fish Oil Can Be Sourced From Weeds

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 12:50 AM

Long before the health movement became popular, fish oil was recognized as a healthy part of a nutritious diet. The actual benefit didn't really become known until the 1970s when ingestion of these oils apparently led to better cardiovascular health. Within a few decades, the oil...

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This Bacterium May Improve Food Security

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 10:41 PM

There's nothing worse than discovering rotten food. The once pristine source of nourishment has transformed into a stinking, discoloured shell of its former self and is relegated to the trash bin or the organic recycling container. For most of us, this phenomenon simply means a trip back to the grocery...

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