Want to avoid catching the flu or your co-worker’s cold this year?
Get some fresh air and wash your hands with soap and water, microbiologist Jack Gilbert tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.
Gilbert says we’ve created an urban world complete with air conditioning, filtration and windows that don’t open, leading to an environment of homogeneous microbes.
Add a healthy dose of bacteria from the outdoors, and you may just be fine. Getting a dog could help, too.
- Jack Gilbert, microbiologist at Argonne National Laboratory, and associate professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago.