Parents and teachers have long known that school bags can help prevent disease and illness.

But now scientists are learning how to use them to protect children from germinating infections.

Researchers at King’s College London found that when students wore a backpack filled with sanitised cotton socks and underwear, their risk of contracting the H7N9 coronavirus fell.

The researchers say the new findings provide a “game-changing” introduction to the role of schoolbags in protecting students.

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