How parents can introduce their children to the world of microbes and disease

How do you get kids to brush their teeth and wash their hands when your rather dodgy argument is that, if they don’t, millions of invisible creatures will invade and make them sick? To bring that world to life, here’s a clever story told from the perspective of Staphylococcus aureus – “but you can call me Staph” – that rounds the bases on important issues without using the fancy words. For example, why do bugs live in us – what’s in it for them? What has this “crazy evil thing called antibiotics” done to their lives – and to ours? And the big question: Will they get a happy ending – that day when our poisonous antibiotics will no longer threaten their lives?

All that and more in 4 minutes:

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