the current outbreak of the Swine Flu in the United States, and
the anxiety it has brought parents whose children are sharing
their days with other kids in preschool and daycare, it's
becoming increasingly important to address the issue of
preventing the spread of all types of viruses amongst America's
Statistics say colds and flu's are most commonly spread
through touch. And with the ever-present runny noses, the
coughing and the sneezing, and those sticky little fingers that
seem to touch everything, it's no wonder our kids are always
That's why California-based mom Margaret Back invented the
Germy Wormy: a simple germ-catching arm sleeve that children can
wear over clothes to help captures viruses. The CDC recommends
coughing and sneezing into the elbow area as a more effective
way of preventing the spread of germs while one is sick.
Wormy offers a clean surface for kids to use instead of a
tissue, to catch those nasty little infectious germs. Combine
the heath aspect with a comfortable, whimsical arm sleeve, and
the Germy Wormy provides a useful yet fun way for kids to stay
clear of colds and flu's so commonly spread through sneezing,
coughing and runny noses and watery eyes.
In fact, healthcare professionals have already gotten on
board with this amazing product. Dr. David Katz, the "Vital
Finds" columnist for Prevention magazine, wrote:
"I am pleased to discover a concept of real potential value
and into this category goes the Germy Wormy. Colds are generally
transmitted by direct touch--if the viruses are not on the parts
with which we do the touching, transmission rates fall. This
concept has been very nicely upgraded by the Germy Wormy, which
is both an educational program for young children, and a
disposable, sanitary elbow sleeve... in essence, a handkerchief
you wear. The worm gets the colds, so kids don't."
The Germy Wormy disposable sleeve is made of the same
material as conventional disposable diapers. The thin plastic
bottom layer prevents germs from reaching the skin or clothes
below, while a soft woven top layer catches the germs but is
gentle enough on sensitive noses. The comfy elastic bands keep
the sleeve in place all day.
What's more, the company offers a DVD educational program
that entertains while educating parents and children how to
decrease the spread of germs and illness. The DVD features a
puppet show, starring Germy Wormy 'protecting his fort' against
sickness, and also includes a Parent/Teacher guide.
The Germy Wormy is available only through
www.germywormy.com, and retails in
packs of 10 for $4.50 or 25 for $9.99. The Educational Program
is available with purchase for $10. Priority Shipping or USPS
First Class mail is available throughout the United States and
orders are guaranteed to ship within 24 hours.
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