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Do Air Driers Help or Hurt When Drying Your Hands? Take the Hand Washing Quiz!

Do Air Dryers Really Spew Out Germs? Take the Hand Washing Quiz! | The Survival Doctor


by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I’ve examined literally thousands of people with colds, flus, and stomach viruses in my time and have caught less than a handful (pun intended) of their infections.

The reason? I attribute it a lot of it to proper hand washing (and a good immune system).

Yes, protective gear, such as gloves, is important, but hand washing is still one of the most effective things you can do to protect yourself against many, many infections—as long as you do it in the proper way.

Here’s a quiz on proper hand washing that I based on facts and the documenting studies at the CDC’s website. To tell the truth, before I read the research, I’m not sure I would have scored 100 percent. Let me know what you score! (I’ll list the questions again at the end so you can count how many you got right.)


>> Proper Hand Washing: Take The Quiz!


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  • Carol

    I thought this would be easy…Nope! I got 3 right. Thanks for the enlightenment!

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      You’re welcome, Carol.

  • Me

    You clearly didn’t watch the helpful mythbusters video, it didn’t include the results of their test….. Next time you post material maybe take the time to watch the video first :)

    • James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Hope you’re kidding. I don’t make serious decisions by watching one video on tv.:) I like published, scientific, peer-reviewed studies. Evidence is definitely mixed. Some say paper towels are better. Some say it’s a draw. At least one concludes air dryers are better. But I don’t think any studies, including Mythbusters, concluded that air-dryers do more harm than good.