Fighting Germs off the Right Way

The recent spinach E.coli scare has triggered a new wave of worry about germs, especially for parents.

However, zapping those sick bugs is relatively easy.

Battling those sick bugs can be tough, especially for parents.

For most people, the real threat isn't potentially deadly bacteria, and it isn't found in the produce section.

They are young and cute and ooh so full of potential, including the germ spreading kind.

David Weber, M.D., Infectious Disease Researcher says, "Anybody who has young kids knows they bring lots of diseases home, they are major sources; not only the flu, they often bring home viral gastroenteritis," which are bugs that have been known to hang around on common classroom surfaces for up to three days.

That is why kids and anyone that comes near the little germ spreaders are encouraged to indulge in hand washing many times a day.

Germ Researcher Emily Sickbert-Bennett explains, "Hand washing is a great way to prevent the spread of diseases!"

Since the average youngster can touch up to 300 germy surfaces in 30 minutes, the more hand washing, the better.

However, getting the soap, water, and child to come together and stay together in one place is often challenging to say the least.

So here's the good news mom and dad: "10 seconds! We found [that amount of time) very effective for removing the bacteria and viruses in hands," says Sickbert-Bennett.

Also, don't forget the elbow technique for coughs and sneezes.

Expert says children catch about eight colds a year.

Combined, they lose nearly 22 million school days due to the common cold alone.

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