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Germs – How to deal with those unwanted little creatures

Germs lurk everywhere – in and on our bodies, in our kitchens and bathrooms and in our classrooms and schools. We can actually live quite happily with most germs thanks to natural defences like our immune systems. In fact, there are many germs we can’t live without. But how do we stop the spread of those germs that do cause us problems?

How are germs spread?

Germs are easily spread in classroom and school environments due to the way children play and because objects are so often shared in schools. The billions of germs passed among schoolchildren cause a huge variety of illnesses, including the common cold and influenza – not that teachers need to be told this! Germs can be spread in schools in the following ways:

What can be done to stop germs spreading in the classroom or school?

Bakalar, N. (2003). Where the germs are. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons