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Taking kids to Safety TownTaking kids to Safety Town

October 1, 2013

OCH Regional Medical Center Director of Infection Control Kim Roberts wanted to help children see germs in a new light.

She brought a device to the Starkville Sportsplex designed to let children place their hands under both ultraviolet light and the gaze of a camera, which fed footage to a nearby monitor. To represent germs, she had a hand cream that, once rubbed in, was invisible to the naked eye. Under ultraviolet light, the cream appeared bright blue on Roberts’ hands, as well as the hands of any children she shook hands with, until removed with sanitizing wipes. This cream, she said, symbolized germs, and it showed how communicable seemingly invisible germs could be.

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