Infection Control and Germ Games Part 5

posted Mar 17, 2014, 8:30 AM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 2:26 PM ]
Fun game that we all know... now with a germ element added.
This is one of my favorite games to play while teaching hand hygiene and infection control!  This game mandates each person's hands to be touched as the main person goes around with a button (penny or other item) which allows the instructor to teach how germs spread.

You can apply Glo Germ to the main person's hands so that the fluorescent simulation germs will spread.  Take a UV black light after the game and show how many germs landed on each of the participant's hands.  They will love to see their hands glowing, but be grossed out about the germs.

Part two of the game can be checking their hand washing.  Have the students/employees wash their hands and then check with the black light.  The blacklight will highlight the areas where the studies were not able to wash off the germs.  

After they students fail to wash off the fluorescent germs, teach them the correct steps of handwashing.  Here is the game details.  Good luck!

Germ, Germ, Who Has The Germ? (Button, Button, Who Has The Button?)

Potential Supplies: Button or coin, Glo Germ Kit, prizes, reminders, etc. 
One student is chosen to secretly pass on a “germ” to another student and then all students try to guess who has the germ. The “germ” can be a coin or other thin object that can be secretly slipped into the hands of another student. The chosen student begins by clasping the germ into their hands in “praying” form. 

He/She goes around to ALL of the other students which have their hands in a like form, splitting each set of hands. The chosen student tries to trick his/her classmates so that they cannot immediately guess who has the germ. This is accomplished by having the chosen student split each classmates’ hands identically. After the chosen student has visited each person, the teacher should ask, “Germ, germ, who has the germ?” The students then guess one at a time.

The student who is accused then shows his/her hands. The students continue to guess until they are correct. All students need to keep their hands together the entire time while the class is guessing in order to not give away the infected person. Repeat the play of this game until the students are ready to move on.

Note: The Glo Germ System from OUTFOX Prevention is a perfect addition to this game. Instead of just starting the game with an immediately chosen student, speak with a certain student beforehand and secretly apply the Glo Germ lotion or powder to their hands. Have the student not mention the lotion or powder. Let the game play out a few rounds and then explain the experiment.

Once the explanation of the addition of the glowing powder/lotion is over, turn off the lights and use a black light to show how far the simulated germs have traveled. Go around to all students and show where the germs have spread on them on them just from the simple game. Explain that real germs travel in the same way. Wash your hands! 

Fun Facts from NIH ( 

The flu can be severe for the very young, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system. 
Seasonal flu causes 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations every year in U.S. 
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