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INTRODUCING THE MICRO-EXPLORERS

Prepare yourself for an expedition into the messy, microscopic world of bacteria and germs!

It's our job as micro-explorers to help you learn all about germs so you can protect yourself and your community. So, do you have what it takes to join our ranks and become the next micro-explorer?

LET'S MEET THOSESNEAKY GERMS!

Germs are tiny living organisms. Even though you can't see them without a microscope, they can be found on just about everything. They live on your hands, arms, elbows, and even on surfaces like TV remotes, backpacks, and desks!

There are four types of germs: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Bacteria is everywhere, but not all of it is bad. However, when some types of bacteria grow out of control, they can cause infections and illnesses, such as a sore throat. Fungi such as molds and mildews can multiply quickly under the right circumstances. Protozoa love moist spaces and can turn into parasites (ew!). Viruses are even smaller than bacteria and can be found on all kinds of places, even your countertops. But don't worry, they can't survive long on their own.

Even though these four types of germs are different, they have one thing in common: they fear soap and warm water. Washing your hands for 20 seconds is the best way to stay clear of these pesky germs. If you can't remember how long to scrub, just sing "Happy Birthday" to yourself twice. That should do the trick!

Listen to the Welcome message!

DID YOU KNOW?

Bacteria have been on the planet for over 3.5 billion years!

That makes them the oldest life form on Earth. Woah!

START TRAINING!

Germ busters, play!How do you measure up? Start!

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