Tasha Sturm of Cabrillo College was able to capture just how many germs and bacteria may be hiding on your child’s hands in one unique image.
The petri dish handprint of Sturm’s 8-year-old son’s hand after he played outside creates an incredible — and slightly disgusting — picture of what bacteria was hiding in plain sight.
The image is from a few days after the print was initially pressed onto the dish, allowing the bacteria to incubate and become visible. The clear outline of the hand is a pretty shocking image, but you shouldn’t go and invest in a super-sized tub of anti-bacterial gel for your kids to bathe in after each trip outdoors just yet.
Although it’s likely from the information given by Sturm that almost all of the microbes shown on the image are harmless, it still makes a big visual impact when it comes to the realities of what is really hiding on our hands.
In fact, it’s helpful to remember that having your child exposed to bacteria and microbes like this helps to build up their immunity so they aren’t constantly getting sick. Still, it’s definitely a good image to keep in mind the next time you or your child tries to skip out a good and thorough hand-washing.
You can read Sturm’s comments on the image and learn more about her experiment by checking out her post on Microbe World.