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

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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Why Measles May Be Back For Good

(92) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 9:16 PM

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? The question is rooted in antiquity and seems to be playing out again in the realm of public health. This time, the force is the overwhelming evidence supporting vaccination against infectious diseases such as measles. The object is comprised of...

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What You Need To Know About Avian Influenza H7N9

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 9:35 PM

It happened again.

Last week, Canadian public health officials announced the arrival of yet another potentially deadly virus on our soil. This time, the culprit was a form of influenza -- avian influenza to be exact -- known as H7N9. This marked the second time in a year...

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How Chewing Gum Can Help Your Oral Health

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 9:59 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 | 9:04 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 | 9:17 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 | 9:31 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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