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WATCH: Our mobile phones are covered in bacteria and viruses… and we never wash them

  Image: Wes Mountain/The Conversation COVID-19 has seen the world embrace sanitisers and formal hand washing procedures in our private lives like never before. But...

We found more than 54,000 viruses in people’s poo — and 92% were previously unknown to science

 Image: Shuttlestock Research published yesterday in Nature Microbiology has identified 54,118 species of virus living in the human gut — 92% of which were previously unknown. But...

‘Deeply worrying’: 92% of Australians don’t know the difference between viral and bacterial infections

Melanie Foster/AAP Image We are four months into a global virus outbreak, and public health awareness could well be at an all-time high. Which is...

Early exposure to infections doesn’t protect against allergies, but getting into nature might

Keeping in touch with nature may assist with allergy protection. Picture: Katya Shut/Shutterstock Over the past few decades, allergies and asthma have become common childhood...

I’m taking antibiotics – how do I know I’ve been prescribed the right ones?

Not all antibiotics kill all types of bacteria. fizkes/Shutterstock In the days before antibiotics, deaths from bacterial infections were common. Seemingly minor illnesses could escalate in severity, becoming...

From peaceful coexistence to potential peril: the bacteria that live in and on us

Hand washing is an effective way to help prevent the spread of bacteria. rawpixel/unsplash Bacteria are everywhere, including in and on our bodies. There are...