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Handwashing 101: Can You Pass the Test?

Thu, Feb 09, 2017 at 11:15AM

Handwashing 101: Can You Pass the Test?

Do you think you know everything you need to about handwashing?

Think again! Can you pass Handwashing 101?

Shigella, Hepatitis A, E-Coli, Stalpholococcus, Streptococcus Pnemoniae, Haemophilus, Pseudomonas- just to name a few of the germs that cover your hands each day. Whether you can pronounce them or not, they are among the estimated 2 to 10 million bacteria that stretch from your elbow to your fingertip. Here is a quick refresher course to help you and your family stay healthy this winter.


Question 1: What percentage of all infections are spread by your hands?

Answer: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of all infections are transmitted through your hands.


Question 2: How long can germs live on your hands?

Answer: Germs can live up to 3 hours, and they find places to hide, especially under watches, rings, and bracelets.


Question 3: How long should you scrub your hands with soap?

Answer: The CDC recommends you scrub your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. Hum “Happy Birthday” twice and you are good to go. Don’t forget between your fingers, backs of your hands, and under your nails.


Question 4: Is using hand sanitizer just as effective as handwashing?

Answer: No. While hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands, it is not as effective as good old fashioned hand washing.


Question 5: What has more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat, the sole of your shoe, or door knob? (Hint: you are probably holding it right now)

Answer: You might not want to know, it’s your CELL PHONE! With a whopping 25,000 germs per square inch according to Deb group, a leader in hand hygiene in the workplace.



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