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Are you washing your hands the right way?

Cleaning your hands properly is the first and best way to avoid the spread of germs and prevent getting sick. Take this quiz and see how well you've been washing your hands. Click "Read More" to see the answers.

You can leave your jewellery or watches on while washing your hands.

True

False

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ANSWER: False
It’s recommended to remove any hand or arm jewellery as it can prevent a thorough cleaning. These items can become contaminated and trap the bacteria, so it’s best to remove them before washing your hands.


When should you especially wash your hands?

a) after coughing and sneezing

b) before and after eating

c) after using the bathroom

d) all of the above

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ANSWER: D
You should wash your hands often, but especially after coughing or sneezing, when eating or preparing food, after handling raw meat, after petting an animal, after using the bathroom and other situations where you find your hands dirty or potentially contaminated.


Using soap and water is better than using alcohol-based hand rubs.

True

False

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ANSWER: False
Both are effective methods as long as they are applied properly. You should always use soap and water if your hands are visibly soiled.


When using a public bathroom what should you use a paper towel for?

a) drying your hands to avoid re-contamination

b) to turn the tap off

c) to open the door when leaving

d) all of the above

 

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ANSWER: D
A single use paper towel is a barrier between your clean hands and lingering germs. In germ-infested places like a public bathroom it's your best defense to avoid re-contaminating your hands from the tap or door handle.


People frequently miss washing the inside of their thumbs and in between their fingers.

True

False

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ANSWER: True
The spots in red are the places that are most frequently missed when washing your hands. The yellow is often missed as well, so make sure to lather, scrub and rinse all of your hands surface, especially in between your fingers and your fingertips.


How long should you wash your hands with soap and water for?

a) 20 – 30 seconds

b) 30 – 40 seconds

c) 40 – 60 seconds

d) Length of the “Happy Birthday” song

 

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ANSWER: D
At the very minimum you should wash your hands for 15 seconds, the approximate length of the "Happy Birthday" song, but it all means nothing if you don't scrub all the surfaces of your hands properly.


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