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It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes

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Don’t be afraid to delve into the good, bad, and sometimes truly ugly world of germs. Microbiologist Jennifer Gardy, who calls herself a disease detective, picks up her microscope to bring expert insight to the microbes that are all around us but are too small to see. Irreverent, playful, and contagious in all the best ways, It’s Catching discusses a range of germs and the ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Owlkids Books (first published April 8th 2014)
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Kate
I loved the illustrations in this book of all the different germs. They look so mean! I love learning about epidemiology and I love science books for kids so this was a good one. I especially love the story of Barry Marshall who drank some bacteria in order to prove to the skeptical medical community that it could cause ulcers. Also I love bacteria names. Helicobacter pylori, Campylobacter jejuni, Clostridium botulinum, there's something about them that I like! I don't know why. Campylobacter is ...more
Lindsey
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
As far as kids' science books go, this was a pretty good read. It was informative, but had lots of fun illustrations and broke the info up into easily digestible bites. It put my 5 year old to sleep, but my 8 year old ate it up. As a parent, I actually really like reading this stuff with the kids because I feel like I learnes a lot about germs too.
Catherine
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun overview of germs and public health. Intended audience is probably middle school but there’s good info about different types of germs, how they spread, the birth of vaccinations and antibiotics, and info about a lot of common germs.
Gavin Flint
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Core Curricular tie that can be made with this text: Science

Detailed Explanation of how this text can be used to support instruction in the core curricular area: This intermediate level book on germs shares much in common with more traditional text books. It would be used as a reference book given to students studying germs for an assignment. They layout and format would provide students with a simpler method to practice research skills using a book while still providing good information about t
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Shelli
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s Catching is a cool book about germs that will probably not often be read cover to cover like it should. My daughter and I read a section each day for more than a week and got a lot out of it. If we had tried to sit and read it all in a sitting or two, we wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. Every night we excitedly shared our latest germ knowledge with the family, something we would not have done if we were on microb-info overload. There is also a twisted version of Snakes and Ladders in the l ...more
Sascha Perry
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Ever wondered what makes us sick or what causes major disease? This book will provide you with an in-depth look at each. Thanks to Jennifer Gardy, head of British Columbia’s Center for Disease Control Genome Research Laboratory, shares information from germs, bacteria and even DNA. Students will also travel through time to see how various germs have shaped our society. Through eye-catching illustrations any intermediate reader is sure to learn some cool and interesting facts about germs.
Sarah
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book gets you really thinking about what you are picking up from going places and touching things EX a door handle. Everywhere you go you are picking up micro-bodies, even if you may not be getting sick from them. All in all this book was interesting and a good book to read
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“Epidemiologists-scientists who study the spread of disease-use a special number to describe how contagious a virus is. It's called the basic reproduction number, or R0 for short. It's complicated to calculate but simple to understand-it counts how many people one sick person is expected to infect over the course of his or her illness. If I'm sick with a cold and I make two other people sick, the R0 of my virus is 2. Colds and seasonal flus typically have R0 values of around 1.5 to 2. The 1918 flu pandemic R0 was estimated to be 2 to 3, while diseases like polio and small pox have R0 values of around 5 to 7.” 1 likes
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