GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog

We spotlight the importance of hand hygiene to improve public health, serve as a trusted resource and raise awareness of leading-edge hand hygiene and skin health scientific advancements through the GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog.

GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

Jason Tetro

Independent Researcher in Microbiology and Immunology, Columnist & Author of "The Germ Code" & "The Germ Files"

Since he was a teenager, Jason Tetro has called the laboratory his second home. His experience in microbiology and immunology has taken him into several fields including bloodborne, food and water pathogens; environmental microbiology; disinfection and antisepsis; infection prevention and control; and emerging pathogens such as SARS, avian flu and Zika virus.

He currently is a visiting scientist at the University of Guelph. In the public, Jason is better known as The Germ Guy, and regularly offers his, at times, unconventional perspective on science in the media. Jason has written two books, The Germ Code, which was shortlisted as Science Book of The Year (2014) and The Germ Files, which spent several weeks on the national bestseller list. He has also co-edited, The Human Microbiome Handbook, which provides an academic perspective on the impact of microbes in human health. He lives in Toronto.

Happy Mother
Let's Give Thanks to Mothers for Making Hygiene a Natural Part of Our Lives

5/11/2017

By Jason Tetro

Independent Researcher in Microbiology and Immunology, Columnist & Author of "The Germ Code" & "The Germ Files"

Every May, we take a moment to pay tribute to the people who brought us into this world and cared for us during childhood and beyond. Our mothers are without a doubt the most important women throughout much of our lives. No matter what name we may call them – Mom, Mum, or Mommy – they rightly deserve this moment of praise and adulation.

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The Fundamentals of Teamwork: Ask, Listen, Talk

10/25/2016

By Jason Tetro

Independent Researcher in Microbiology and Immunology, Columnist & Author of "The Germ Code" & "The Germ Files"

If you happen to enjoy reality TV competitions – which I do – the most exciting episodes usually involve the so-called “team challenge.” Contestants must put aside their aspiration of winning the ultimate prize and work with their competitors to achieve the best outcome, such as the perfect fashion collection (Project Runway), special effects makeup (Face Off) or food dish (Masterchef).

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Child Eating
A Family That Sanitizes Together, Stays Healthy Together

9/6/2016

By Jason Tetro

Independent Researcher in Microbiology and Immunology, Columnist & Author of "The Germ Code" & "The Germ Files"

When I was young, it was standard practice to wash my hands before dinner. But there was one exception to this rule. When the family went out for dinner at the local drive-in burger restaurant, handwashing wasn’t even on the radar. After all, not only did we not eat at home, but we also ate in the car! Who had time for a sink?

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