Bye-Bye Germs: Be a Handwashing Superhero! – Dr. Katie Laird, Prof. Sarah Younie and Jules Marriner

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When Jess gets a tickle in her throat, she carries on playing with her toys and her brother Joe. But the tickle soon turns into a big cough and it’s not long before Jess and Joe are both in bed poorly! Brother and sister soon learn that washing their hands will keep the naughty germs at bay.

In the wake of Covid-19, we are all aware of the importance of hand hygiene. Medina Publishing has partnered with De Montfort University to publish a child-friendly book that will help parents and carers explain the importance of hand-washing. Written and illustrated by Jules Marriner, this book explains how germs spread through the story of Jess and Joe as well as providing some key talking points.

Germ’s Journey

The importance of hand hygiene has been amplified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic but getting youngsters to understand why we need to wash away germs can still be a difficult task.

To help parents, and teachers and healthcare workers educate young children about handwashing in relation to viruses like COVID-19, expert researchers at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have  produced published a new e-book partnering with Medina Publishingthat explainings how germs spread.

The book is the latest release in the ‘Germ’s Journey’ series by microbiologist Dr Katie Laird and education specialist Professor Sarah Younie, and illustrated by Jules Marinner which raises awareness and communicates the importance of handwashing at a young age.

“Because they cannot see germs, children often don’t understand the need to wash their hands,” explained Dr Laird, who is also head of DMU’s Infectious Disease Research Group.

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have all been told how important it is to wash our hands properly and regularly to prevent the virus spreading, but explaining to children the reasons why is equally as important.

“We have developed Bye-Bye Germs to teach young children about hand hygiene and help them identify where viruses can be contracted and ways to prevent the spread.”