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Hot Spots for Germs

Germs can hide anywhere -- from your kitchen to your office. Test your smarts on where they lurk and how to avoid getting sick.

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Hot Spots for Germs
Hot Spots for Germs
Question 1 of 20 Correct

Sharing which of these personal items carries the highest risk of spreading infection?

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The correct answer is: Don't even think about using someone else's razor. Razors can spread blood-borne bacteria and viruses, increasing the risk of infection.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these types of clothing or accessories should not be shared?

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The correct answer is: Earrings are the most risky item to share in this list. That's because viruses, such as Hepatitis C, can be transferred from one person to another if the skin of the ear lobe had a break in it.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these items is likely to be dirtiest or harbor the most germs?

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The correct answer is: Keyboards have been shown to harbor as many germs as the toilet. Keyboards tend to be seldom cleaned and can have viruses on them that cause diarrhea. Make a habit of wiping down your keyboard regularly with a damp disenfectant cloth.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Mascara should be discarded every six months.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Mascara should be discarded every three months and it should never be shared. Bacteria can grow in the mascara and cause eye infections.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: The dishwashing sponge holds 60 times more bacteria than the pet's food bowl.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Dishwashing sponges are prime examples of environments where germs live and thrive. The average kitchen sponge contains 50 million germs. Sponges have been shown to contain Salmonella, E. Coli and even staph bacteria. The good news? Most of the bacteria in a kitchen sponge will not make you sick.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these is the dirtiest place in the bathroom?

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The correct answer is: The toilet-paper dispenser has about 150 times the bacteria as the toilet seat, which contains about 334 bacteria per square inch.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these spots has more bacteria than the others?

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The correct answer is: The kitchen floor in front of the sink has more bacteria than the trash can or other spots around the kitchen.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these gadgets harbors the most germs?

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The correct answer is: The cell phone carries about 25,000 germs per square inch. One test of mobile phones found staph bacteria on 50 percent of those tested.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

According to one study, roughly what percentage of shoes tested had fecal bacteria on the soles?

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The correct answer is: One research group found that 93 percent of shoes tested had fecal bacteria on the soles.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Every toilet flush can transport germs up to 15 feet away from the toilet bowl.

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The correct answer is: Yucky, but true. Every toilet flush creates an unseen mist that may be head high and travel 15 feet. Always close the lid before flushing to limit this aerosol effect.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these are recommended to keep kitchen sponges clean?

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The correct answer is: Swapping out sponges, sanitizing with a bleach solution, washing them in the washing machine or microwaving a wet sponge are all means to help keep your kitchen sponge from harboring so much bacteria.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Hidden germs may be found in which of these places?

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The correct answer is: Germs can hide on anything we touch and do not clean often, if at all. Specifically, germs are often lurking on knobs, light switches, spices used when cooking and the arms of furniture.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Purses are a common way for germs to hitch a ride from the outside world into your house.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The bottoms of purses, backpacks and briefcases can be exposed to germs on the floors of bathrooms and restaurants. To avoid bringing those germs into your house, hang your bag on a hook whenever possible, and leave it at the door of your house.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

The number of germs on your purse may equal the number of people living in which of the following locations?

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The correct answer is: Your purse may have as many germs on it as there are people living in Europe. Some of the bugs found can cause asthma, among other conditions.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Makeup applicators can be saved and reused for months or years without spreading bacteria.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Previously used makeup applicators, like sponges or brushes, can contain viruses and bacteria. Replace them periodically and never share them.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: There is no way to sanitize small appliances like cell phones and TV remotes.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Cell phones and small appliances can be sanitized with a damp disinfectant cloth or with an inexpensive UV wand.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Where do germs tend to lurk in the car?

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The correct answer is: The steering wheel, door handles and stick shift are all hot spots for germs in your car. Carpet floor mats also can retain germs brought in on your shoes. Areas of high humidity, like the air vents, can harbor fungi.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these devices can help you control germs around the house?

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The correct answer is: All of these devices can help you keep your home germ-free and kill germs that cause colds and infections.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wind instruments like the saxophone can be contaminated with germs that survive for months.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The germs aren't just confined to the reed or mouthpiece. The entire instrument and case can be contaminated with germs that can cause oral disease, infections and allergies. These germs can survive for months, even if the instrument is not being played.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these housecleaning routines is recommended to help prevent infections?

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The correct answer is: All of these are recommended to help prevent infections. In addition, you should use separate cutting boards for raw meat and vegetables, wash trash containers with soap and water and keep the kitchen counter clean and disinfected.

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