Wanna test your germ smarts to see how prepared you are for the battle against colds and flus sweeping through your home, school, or office? I washed my hands immediately after reading this! LOL. - Shellie Hart
1. How many germy surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, shopping-cart handles, counters, toys, keyboards, ATMs, etc) can you touch in one minute?
An often said statistic is 300 in half an hour or ten in one minute. In one minute, you could pick up germs left by others that can get you sick from ten surfaces.
2. How often do we wash our hands?
One survey says six times a day. That may be optimistic. Since we are awake approx sixteen hours a day that translates into once every 2.5 hours. Your palms have potentially touched 1500 potentially germy surfaces between washings.
3. How long do germs live on hands?
Depending on the germ, anywhere from two to twenty-four hours.
4. True or false: getting germs on your hands is how you get sick.
Not unless you have open sores on your hands. Touching your face with your hands and transferring germs to your mouth, nose, eyes, and ears is how germs get inside us and make us sick
5. How many times do we touch our face?
Sixteen times in an hour or once every three minutes.
6. How many times can you cough or sneeze in one hour?
No clear statistics on this, but some suggest up to twenty times an hour or once every three minutes when you are sick. Covering coughs or sneezes with the palm of your hand can infect ten surfaces you touch for every minute until you wash your hands twenty seconds with soap and warm water.
7. How many surfaces does an elbow touch in one minute?
Less than five an hour. Elbows are not used to open doors, pick up toys, flick on light switches, turn on faucets, work on keyboards and joysticks, etc. You really have to work at it to touch things with your elbow.
If we touch ten potentially germy surfaces in a minute, touch our face once every three minutes, and only wash our hands once every 2.5 hours, we expose ourselves to 1500 surfaces and have touched our face fifty times between washings. Wow, so many opportunities for the germs!
Since washing more often is not always practical and washing hands before we touch our face (approximately every three minutes) is almost impossible, reducing how much you touch your face is the best defense.Fact Source (HERE) USA Today (HERE)