We’d like your help with our new educational campaign! – NoroCORE Food Virology

We’d like your help with our new educational campaign!

One of the more creative locations to put a sign…

Hi everyone, we’re doing a new social media campaign for the month of February on the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of norovirus, and would like your help!

We’ve all seen those “Employees must wash hands” signs in restaurant bathrooms, but did you notice they don’t all look alike? There are several reasons for this, and we will be exploring them over the next couple of weeks.


Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

If you happen to find yourself in a restaurant bathroom during the month of February, we’d appreciate it if you’d snap a quick photo of the sign and Tweet to us @norocore with the hashtag #mustwashhands. You don’t need to be in the photo, and you don’t have to tell us where you took the picture. You can submit as many as you want, which will increase your chances of getting a prize. If you aren’t of the tweeting variety, you can email us the picture at norocore-admin@ncsu.edu.


There’s prizes!

Geeky swag, suitable for the most discerning of scientists. Each color will have its own fragrance!

Every day for the month of February, we will pick someone at random to receive a nifty norovirus shaped soap! It was cast from a 3-D printed model of the human norovirus, and is about 1.6 million times actual size. (We searched around Google and nowhere else can you get a virus-shaped soap, so we’re pretty tickled.)

If you are selected to get a norovirus soap, we will contact you for a mailing address, and will only use it for the purposes of sending you soap.

Don’t worry, we will increase the number of soaps we give away if lots of people start posting!


What happens after you submit a photo:

We will be looking for your photos and reposting them to NoroCORE’s Instagram account and a board on our Pinterest page so everyone can see the glorious variety of handwashing signs out there (but we won’t link these photos back to the people who took them, to give everyone some privacy).

We will also be sharing some cool facts about handwashing and those signs over the next few weeks so you can impress your friends (or random people in public restrooms, your choice).

If you all submit a lot of pictures, we may analyze the content of the signs, such as what they say, were they made by the restaurant or came from a different source, etc., and share that information back with everyone on our social media platforms. Everyone participating will be kept anonymous, but your efforts might end up in a scientific paper!



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