How do children spread germs?

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You can blame 80 percent of all infectious diseases on “contact spread.” That includes direct person-to-person contact, such as touching or kissing, and indirect contact, such as when your child touches a contaminated table, toy, or doorknob and then touches his eyes, mouth, or nose. Since viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on cafeteria tables, keyboards, doorknobs, desks, and thousands of other surfaces . . . well, it’s a jungle out there.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents

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