Sick Just Got Real: The Scoop on Germs in School, The Playground, and The Supermarket



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We recently attended an event hosted by Children’s Advil, Robitussin, and Dimetapp where we heard from two nationally recognized doctors about germ and health stats as well as tips on keeping our little ones well. So, we’re sharing what we learned with you!


Germ class is in session



  •  Half of students don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom – and of those who do many don’t even use


  • Less than one-third of teachers said they regularly disinfect germ-laden objects in the classroom.
  •  Desks often have more bacteria than a toilet seat and if eating happens in class, the number of germs multiplies.
  •  Up to 2.7 million bacterial cells per square inch live on common school surfaces such as water fountains, desks,computer keyboards, bus seats and cafeteria trays.
  •  Shared technology in classrooms introduces new high-touch surfaces for spreading germs – the computer mouse, keyboard and tablet surfaces have some of the highest germ counts.
  •  Each keyboard key contains up to 1.3 million germs—that’s more than 135 million germs on the entire keyboard, and a standard iPad screen has up to 192 million bacteria!



Germs at play



  • The sun’s ultraviolet light rays kill bacteria, so playground equipment in the shade will have more bacteria.
  • Sandboxes are a germ culprit, particularly if they remain uncovered overnight, which allows bacteria to enter.
  • Any microorganisms on kids’ hands will spread to monkey bars, slides, teeter totters, swings and other touched surfaces where other children can then pick them up when playing.


“Ew” is in the air




  • In addition to school and the playground, the supermarket is a festival of “ew”, with shopping carts, credit card machines and reusable grocery bags acting as the leading germ carriers.
  • Some germs can live on dry surfaces, such as toys, for several hours.
  • Colds and other respiratory infections are spread by the hands and touching the nose or eyes, while 81 percent of people with the flu virus spread it through the air when they cough.
  • Most kids touch up to 20 objects per minute and touch their face 50 times per hour – leading to wide germ spreading.


Say goodbye to perfect attendance




  • More than 38 million school days are missed by U.S. children each year due to the flu.
  • Parents miss about 126 million workdays annually caring for a sick child, which equates to 40 billion lost dollars.
  • Missing work to stay home with their sick kids and worrying about sickness outbreaks going around the classroom were the top concerns parents have when their child is sick at school.


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