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What would happen to you if you never washed your hands

Your hands can have anywhere from 100,000 to a few million germs at any given time. Some of those germs live naturally on your skin to protect you, but a lot of them are picked up in the environment. If you stopped washing your hands, you become more likely to […]
What would happen to you if you never washed your hands
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The dirtiest, most bacteria-infested places in the gym

Cardio equipment, like treadmills, stationary bikes, and ellipticals, are some of the germiest places in the gym. You should also be wary of weight balls and weight equipment. Water fountains are also particularly bacteria-laden, so take precautions when drinking from a communal fountain. This article was medically reviewed by Tania […]
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A new video shows how fast one person’s germs can spread at a buffet

A new video by St. Marianna University School of Medicine and Japan’s NHK broadcaster shows just how easy it is to spread germs using nothing but fluorescent paint and a buffet. In the video, one person puts fluorescent paint on their hand – which is undetectable under regular lighting – […]
A new video shows how fast one person’s germs can spread at a buffet
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Baby wipes are not meant to kill germs or viruses

Baby wipes do not kill a significant number of germs because they are meant to be gentle on a baby’s bottom. Household wipes contain disinfecting ingredients like sodium hypochlorite, but baby wipes are water-based and contain no active germ-killing ingredients. The best way to keep germ-free when changing your baby […]
Baby wipes are not meant to kill germs or viruses
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The differences between bar soap and liquid soap

Both liquid soap and bar soap are effective against bacteria and viruses, but they have slight differences. Liquid soap can be less drying, since it tends to have added moisturizers. But the friction created by rubbing bar soap against your hands can be more effective at removing visible debris like […]
The differences between bar soap and liquid soap
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Does shampoo kill germs? Yes, it washes them away

Shampoo is an effective product that will rid your hair of potentially harmful germs. But you should know that the oil in your hair helps prevent pathogens from accumulating. So the chances of you carrying harmful germs in your hair is low. If you want to be extra careful, then […]
Does shampoo kill germs? Yes, it washes them away
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What are zoonotic diseases, how they spread, and how to prevent them

A zoonotic disease is an illness that can be passed from an animal to a human. Some examples of zoonotic diseases include rabies, salmonella, Lyme disease, malaria, and COVID-19. These diseases are passed through direct contact with an animal, contact with infected droppings or other bodily fluids, through a vector […]
What are zoonotic diseases, how they spread, and how to prevent them
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How long do flu germs live on hard surfaces, fabric, and skin

The influenza virus that causes the flu can live for up to three days on hard surfaces like subway poles and door handles. The influenza virus can only live for about 8 to 12 hours on fabric. Since skin produces anti-microbial substances that kill germs, the flu virus can only […]
How long do flu germs live on hard surfaces, fabric, and skin
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Can drinking alcohol kill germs? Definitely not — here’s why

Drinking alcohol can’t kill germs. Solutions with more than 60% alcohol can be effective against viruses when applied to your hands or on surfaces, but drinking high percentages of alcohol may lead to fatal alcohol poisoning. Drinking alcohol excessively can actually have a negative effect on the immune system and […]
Can drinking alcohol kill germs? Definitely not — here’s why
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Does ammonia kill germs? It isn’t effective against viruses

Ammonia is unlikely to kill germs, and can’t disinfect against viruses. However, ammonia is used to create quarternary ammonium compounds (QACs), which is an effective disinfectant against viruses like COVID-19. You should be careful when using ammonia or QACs in your home, as they can be potentially harmful if not […]
Does ammonia kill germs? It isn’t effective against viruses