It’s time for germ watch – the back to school edition! Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba says that schools are ground-zero for everything from colds to dangerous staph infections, like MSRA. So, here are tips to keep students germ-free:

  • Your backpack is more like a bacteria pack! That’s because the combination of snacks and sweaty gym clothes breed bacteria. So, wash your hands after touching your backpack and before you eat. And wipe it down with an antibacterial cloth once a week.

  • The computer lab is packed with schoolyard germs. Computer keyboards contain more than 200 times the number of bacteria found on a toilet seat. So, wash up before and after using the computer lab. And never eat in the computer lab – since 80 million of us develop stomach bugs like salmonella after touching a communal surface, like a computer mouse.

  • It’s the desk versus toilet seat! A study found that the average student’s desk has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. So, wipe down your desk with an antibacterial wipe before you sit down. And wash your hands as soon as you get home from school.