How to help: Northern California wildfire relief

Cakes, Masks Breeding Grounds for Germs

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(FOX 8)— Germs can quickly spread, especially during special events and the holidays!

According to a recent study, 200 bacteria are found on your average birthday cake before the candles are blown out.

After the candles, there were nearly 3,000 germs.

In Australia, health officials are actually banning blowing out candles at daycare agencies, asking parents to send a cupcake with their kids instead, according to MyFoxPhilly.

And as far as Halloween?

It turns out your mask could be a breeding ground for bacteria.

A biology professor in Phoenix tested swabs taken from the nose and mouth areas of masks, according to CNN affiliate KVTK. He found a number of bacteria that could lead to skin conditions.

Click here for more on the mask study.

Click here for more on the birthday candle ban.

Are you concerned about others blowing out candles on cakes? Halloween masks? How do you protect yourself from germs? Let us know what you think on our Facebook fan page.