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Germaphobe Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer for you.

  1. 5 or 10 second rule- Do you live by or throw the food away?
    • Eat the food
    • Throw the food way
  2. Do you squeeze the lemons and limes for water at restaurants/bars or stick them in your glass?
    • Just squeeze
    • Leave peel and all in my glass
  3. Do you use straws at restaurants/bars or drink straight from the glass?
    • Straight from the glass
    • I only use straws
  4. Do you eat from restaurant or bar peanuts/snacks (community bowls)?
    • Never
    • Sure- depends on the snack
  5. Do you refuse to use plates, cups, or silverware that have sat in the open air for a while?
    • No- whatever works
    • Yes- gross from the floating bacteria
  6. How do you turn off the bathroom sink handles?
    • Just my bare hand
    • With a paper towel or my sleeve
  7. How do you flush toilet handles?
    • Foot (kicking it) or sleeve
    • Bare hand
  8. Do you use blow hand dryers?
    • No
    • Yes
  9. Before using do you clean the lids of soda and canned goods?
    • No
    • Yes
  10. Do you wear a mask in dirty or congested public areas when possible?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. Do you shake hands with others?
    • Only when I have to
    • Sure. I always do
  12. Do you chew on or use pens/pencils with bite marks?
    • Yes
    • No
  13. Do you share a hair brush or comb with someone else?
    • No
    • Yes
  14. Does having intimate relationships with new people freak you out?
    • No
    • Yes
  15. Do you share drinks with others ever?
    • Yes
    • No
  16. While at a restaurant, do you eat the bread that was touched while someone was cutting it?
    • No
    • Yes
  17. Do you lay on hotel bedspreads?
    • No
    • Yes
  18. Do you use hotel remotes before cleaning them?
    • Yes
    • No
  19. Do you use public showers?
    • Yes
    • No
  20. Do you place items or sit on gym benches?
    • No
    • Yes
  21. Do you use someone else's phone before cleaning it?
    • No
    • Yes
  22. Do you use public yoga or exercise mats?
    • Yes
    • No
  23. Do you floss outside the restroom?
    • No
    • Yes
  24. Would you use someone else's bar of soap?
    • No
    • Yes
  25. Would you use someone's shower scrubber?
    • Yes
    • No
  26. Do you let dogs lick your hands or face?
    • Yes
    • No
  27. Have you ever kissed a random person?
    • No
    • Yes
  28. Have you licked your fingers to remove food or other items?
    • No
    • Yes
  29. Do you eat batter that contains raw eggs?
    • Yes
    • No
  30. Do you double dip when eating at parties?
    • No
    • Yes

Scoring

Use the scoring guide below to add up your total points based on your answers.

  1. 5 or 10 second rule- Do you live by or throw the food away?
    • Eat the food: +0 points
    • Throw the food way: +2 points
  2. Do you squeeze the lemons and limes for water at restaurants/bars or stick them in your glass?
    • Just squeeze: +2 points
    • Leave peel and all in my glass: +0 points
  3. Do you use straws at restaurants/bars or drink straight from the glass?
    • Straight from the glass: +0 points
    • I only use straws: +2 points
  4. Do you eat from restaurant or bar peanuts/snacks (community bowls)?
    • Never: +2 points
    • Sure- depends on the snack: +0 points
  5. Do you refuse to use plates, cups, or silverware that have sat in the open air for a while?
    • No- whatever works: +0 points
    • Yes- gross from the floating bacteria: +2 points
  6. How do you turn off the bathroom sink handles?
    • Just my bare hand: +0 points
    • With a paper towel or my sleeve: +2 points
  7. How do you flush toilet handles?
    • Foot (kicking it) or sleeve: +2 points
    • Bare hand: +0 points
  8. Do you use blow hand dryers?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  9. Before using do you clean the lids of soda and canned goods?
    • No: +0 points
    • Yes: +2 points
  10. Do you wear a mask in dirty or congested public areas when possible?
    • Yes: +2 points
    • No: +0 points
  11. Do you shake hands with others?
    • Only when I have to: +2 points
    • Sure. I always do: +0 points
  12. Do you chew on or use pens/pencils with bite marks?
    • Yes: +0 points
    • No: +2 points
  13. Do you share a hair brush or comb with someone else?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  14. Does having intimate relationships with new people freak you out?
    • No: +0 points
    • Yes: +2 points
  15. Do you share drinks with others ever?
    • Yes: +0 points
    • No: +2 points
  16. While at a restaurant, do you eat the bread that was touched while someone was cutting it?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  17. Do you lay on hotel bedspreads?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  18. Do you use hotel remotes before cleaning them?
    • Yes: +0 points
    • No: +2 points
  19. Do you use public showers?
    • Yes: +0 points
    • No: +2 points
  20. Do you place items or sit on gym benches?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  21. Do you use someone else's phone before cleaning it?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  22. Do you use public yoga or exercise mats?
    • Yes: +0 points
    • No: +2 points
  23. Do you floss outside the restroom?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  24. Would you use someone else's bar of soap?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  25. Would you use someone's shower scrubber?
    • Yes: +0 points
    • No: +2 points
  26. Do you let dogs lick your hands or face?
    • Yes: +0 points
    • No: +2 points
  27. Have you ever kissed a random person?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  28. Have you licked your fingers to remove food or other items?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points
  29. Do you eat batter that contains raw eggs?
    • Yes: +0 points
    • No: +2 points
  30. Do you double dip when eating at parties?
    • No: +2 points
    • Yes: +0 points

Interpreting Your Score

A score between 0 and 18 means: ?

A score between 19 and 36 means: ?

A score between 37 and 48 means: ?

A score between 49 and 54 means: ?

A score between 55 and 60 means: ?

Germaphobe Quiz Scoring and Results

The following are percentages to determine your level of comfort with germs. Remember, the results are not conclusive.

  • 83-100% - You likely are a Germaphobe.
  • 58-82% - You are responsible with your hygiene but could be bordering on Germaphobia.
  • 33-57% - You are the average and often fail with hygiene.
  • 17-32%- You may want to try harder or are you trying to load your body with germs on purpose?
  • 0-16% - We are assuming you are lying. :)

Let us know how you did! Are you happy or sad about your score? Any questions to add?

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Quiz Answer Reasoning and Discussion

The following are rough points that help draw fun results from our quiz. Remember, the results are not conclusive.

    • 83-100% - You likely are a Germaphobe.
    • 58-82% - You are responsible with your hygiene but could be bordering on Germaphobia.
    • 33-57% - You are the average and often fail with hygiene.
    • 17-32%- You may want to try harder or are you trying to load your body with germs on purpose?
    • 0-16% - We are assuming you are lying. :)

Want to dip into Germaphobia for a bit? Caution: do not read if you would prefer to live in oblivion. For those that want to read on, here are some items to consider when focusing on germs:

  • -5 or 10 second rule... Made up by lazy and cheap Americans (we've all done it :)). Food that falls on dirty surfaces becomes dirty... regardless of time.
  • -Lemons and Limes for water at restaurants/bars... How many hands have touched them before they reached your drink? Or, what surfaces do they sit on behind the bar... not very clean. If using a lemon or lime, opt to just squeeze the juice in and leave our the peel.
  • -Using straws at restaurants/bars... What surfaces has your glass sat on to dry or store? Glass rims pick germs on unclean drying racks and other surfaces.
  • -Restaurant or bar peanuts/snacks... Who knows where the hands have been that are grabbing for snacks in the bowl!? By proxy, you may be touching a lot of gross things because people don't wash their hands!
  • -Refuse to use plates, cups or silverware that have sat in the open for a while... What items have settled as "dust" on them? Hair, dead skin, dirt, etc... gross.
  • -Bathroom sink handles... You turned on the water with dirty hands, right? Why touch them with your clean hands?
  • -Toilet flush handles... These are touched AFTER going to the restroom. You can put 2 and 2 together on this one.
  • -Blow hand dryers... Mold and other bacteria build up in blowers. The germs are then blown out on the hands after being cleaned (and you also do not have a paper towel to open the door to exit the restroom).
  • -Cleaning the lids of soda and canned goods... Where have the cans been before they reached your hand? How many rats and other rodents inhabit the distribution storage sheds? Dust and other particles settle on the lids as well.
  • -Wear a mask in dirty or congested areas when possible... You are breathing in what others are exhaling... and relieving themselves of. Enough said.
  • -Shake hands sparingly... Where has the other person's hand been and why is it so sweaty? I've been unpleasantly surprised how many sweaty hand shakes people give out.
  • -Pencils or pens with bite marks... Who has their saliva all over the writing utensil? This is bad for the next user because you get the chewer's germs. It is also bad for the chewer because they are putting an item into their mouth that is riddled with germs from hands.
  • -Pencils or pens in your mouth... What hands have handled the writing utensil beforehand?
  • -Sharing hair brushes... Is it really worth the risk of finding out the other person doesn't have lice? This one has been around since you were in grade school... use someone's brush and get embarrassed when your head gets shaved.
  • -New sexual partners... Despite the love, you don't know where they've been. Protection. Protection. Actually, research before protection.
  • -Sipping your gutter... Let's get real about whether sipping your gutter really makes a difference. Just don't share drinks and you'll get sick less often.
  • -Traveling with a damp toothbrush enclosed in a case... The smell is only a small indication of what's been going on there. Make sure to sanitize your tooth brushes often.
  • -Cutting bread in a restaurant... Do you grab the piece being cut off or the loaf that will be shared with the rest of the table. Think about it. You may be spreading your hand germs on rest of the bread left for your table.
  • -Hotel bedspreads... There is a reason the bedspreads usually look new with fancy fabric, they are rarely cleaned. Bedspreads are covered in germs from previous customers. Don't even try to imagine all the crazy stuff that goes on in hotel rooms...
  • -Hotel remote controls... Have you ever tried to clean between the keys? Yeah, housekeepers don't either. Remote controls get germs from hands... hands are in some pretty gross places in hotel rooms... just saying.
  • -Public showers... Getting athlete's foot is not a compliment on how fast you are.
  • -Gym benches... Your hand is resting on a bench that a naked man just got up from.
  • -Cell phone sharing...Although not completely harmful, but the other person's ear grease is still gross. Don't forget about their fingers touching it too.
  • -Bikram Yoga... Hot and sweaty yoga, pools of sweat, often carpet floors. Need we say more?
  • -Flossing outside of the bathroom... That stuff flips and it flips far!
  • -Covered Wagons... Funny for very few. Who wants to breath in what just came out of your butt?
  • -Liquid soap... When it runs out, buy a new one. Horrible feeling when you know they just added water to stretch the last part of the soap.
  • -Bar soap... Not recommended to share bars of soap.
  • -Shower scrubbers... They store bacteria and are often left in unventilated bathrooms. Cha-Chia pet!
  • -Dog kisses... You do realize that they just licked themselves clean and eat pooh, right?
  • -Cats... Cat pee doesn't really dry.
  • -Kissing random people... The risk most likely outweighs the reward.
  • -Kissing a loved one... A risk is still involved but it is generally worth it.
  • -Licking your fingers...I'm sure the food you just ate was really good but probably not worth licking the germs off your fingers too.
  • -Raw batter... I know your mom said it was ok, but eating raw eggs is not ok.
  • -Surprise!... You probably that it was funny to sneak behind me, put your hands over my eyes and have me guess who it is. However, you just wiped your hands on my face and that wasn't funny.
  • -Double dipping... Sharing is a good trait but not when it comes to germs.

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Who is a germaphobe and who is just responsible when it comes to hygiene?

This is a question that may go through a lot of our minds. Many times it is because people often exclaim "You are a Germaphobe!" Are you a Germaphobe or are you just working hard to maintain a clean environment? There is a difference. Take the quiz to see how you match up with others. This is not a conclusive quiz but can give you an indication about the level of your habits.

How can you be clean but not be a Germaphobe?

There's a finer line between being concerned about germs and being a "Germaphobe" than most would think. Having clean habits can help you maintain a healthy life, but crossing the line can detrimental. Having Germaphobia (having OCD in regards to germs) is defined as excess cleaning that alters the quality of life of the individual.

So, how can you have good hygiene habits without becoming a Germaphobe? It can be as simple as just choosing a few simple habits to focus on and then letting some of the others go. Taking on some of the hygiene habits with the greatest consequences (usually those associated with restrooms, food and dealing with sick people) is recommended.

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Germs are everywhere which facilitates people carrying sanitizing gels and sanitizing sprays around with them, but should you be getting to a sink with hot water and soap more often then you currently do? You tell us. We just know that living according to effective infection control principles and maintaining high hygiene standards is important!

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Germaphobia is the Obsession with Germs

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Obsession with germs

A Germaphobia patient is extremely worried about germs. These patients feel there are germs everywhere and they are extremely susceptible to an infection. Hence they tend to spend the entire time trying to get rid of or avoid any actions that they feel will bring them in contact with germs.

William Hammond was the first to come up with a theory on Germaphobia in late 19th century. He was studying Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) patients and was trying to understand impact of Germaphobia in OCD patients. He realized that there is a basic difference between an OCD patient’s need to continuously wash his hands and the Germaphobe’s excessive hand cleaning.

In OCD, the patient needs to do a certain action repeatedly just to be comfortable. They will become restless if they are not able to carry out a particular set of actions – washing hands regularly, usually being one of them. On the other hand, a patient suffering from Germaphobia will be concerned with contracting of germs. The difference maybe ever so slight, but the cause of the patient’s actions is extremely important for proper rehabilitation and recovery of the patient.

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Reasons You Can Lessen OCD Hygiene

-People all around you have HORRIBLE hygiene... and they're still living

-The typical illness lasts a relatively short amount of time

-Medication is present to treat most illnesses and diseases

-Vaccinations have helped reduce the spread and affects of some illnesses and diseases

-To be continued... Add some of your reasons (justifications :))

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The infection control manual includes hygiene activities, games, worksheets and other fun items to teach better health. This is the School Edition but we know that having fun can benefit everyone! So, download it (because it is free!) and see what games and activities you could use in your organization.

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We want to help your classroom, school, business or other organization realize the benefits of healthy habits. You don't need to be a Germaphobe, but you should be responsible with your hygiene.

Quiz Comments

Tomato on January 06, 2018:

Everyone is a Germaphobe to a certain degree, it's only a problem when your actions appear strange to other and repetitive in nature then it borders on OCD.

I got 50% btw!

Melody on December 30, 2014:

Didn't see the quiz anywhere.

melissa on December 23, 2014:

Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but um....where is the quiz? Thank you :)

Scindhia from Chennai on April 28, 2014:

ha ha.. I got 30. I don't think about germs too much..

sha-ron on March 04, 2014:

Got 44% but I put a couple of those because I really needed another answer. I agree with DaisyDixon, I think some of our children are open to infections because they are too stereotyped to living indoors and never outside getting imune to some of the germs.

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on March 03, 2014:

@Lynn Klobuchar: Thanks for your comment! Spot on. Hand washing is important but hygiene shouldn't dictate and try to eliminate all germs (especially those products contributing to building of resistance of some bacteria).

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on March 03, 2014:

@Zeross4: Thanks for taking the quiz! There is definitely wisdom in letting your immune system fight and strengthen itself.

Renee Dixon from Kentucky on February 28, 2014:

Haha I got 30% and my fiancé got 7%. The way we are raised is not to worry about germs so much, and because of that our immune systems are really strong and we rarely get sick. Loved the quiz, a lot of fun!

Lynn Klobuchar on January 12, 2014:

I think we all worry too much about germs. Although I am careful when my students are obviously sick, washing my hands after working with them, I would never NOT work with them. I hate hand sanitizers and think they may be contributing to the resistance some bacteria have to antibiotics.

hanniebadanners on November 11, 2013:

I got 11% and I am trying to load my body with germs. I have a fantastic immune system. I can't remember the last time I got a cold or the flu. More people should be more comfortable with germs. There are people in the world who live in fear of being shot, yet, in the U.S. and other "progressive" countries we fear germs... First world problems.

anonymous on September 01, 2013:

I got 96%! I am not really surprised...

anonymous on July 26, 2013:

My score = 74% (20/27) and concurs what a friend tells me, "you're kind of a germaphobe". I thought I was just practicing good hygiene AND not being disgustingly filthy like many I see. I really become annoyed with people who don't bother to cover their mouth when they sneeze, cough or yawn. My major annoyance is the people who don't bother to wash their hands when they leave the bathroom stall or only twinkle their fingers under cold water for 2 seconds. They just relieve themselves, flush and breeze right out of the door to share food & shake hands with unsuspecting souls. So yes, I use paper towels/sleeves to open doors so I can avoid collecting their feces/urine/blood left on the handles/knobs onto my hands. I use my elbow to turnon the hand blow dryer, so I don't understand the answer here. I guess I'm a borderline germaphobe but I'm not changing my ways. No potlucks for me due to the above reasons and good luck to many of you on determining the source of your hepatitis A.

anonymous on July 06, 2013:

67% Borderline germaphobe.

anonymous on June 13, 2013:

20/27....

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

@anonymous: No, you dont

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

@anonymous: Well, i geuss people wipe germs on the grate and then germs blow off it and onto your hand. I agree with you though

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

10/27 aww....:( im cleaner than that

anonymous on May 28, 2013:

I got 7% haha....I wasn't lying at all! That's funny. I always knew i was an Anti Germaphobe. C'mon guys...a little germs here and there is healthy for you! I never get sick!

anonymous on May 19, 2013:

18/27...... Wow, I didn't expect that.... xD

anonymous on May 18, 2013:

21/27 for me

anonymous on May 18, 2013:

21/27 for me

anonymous on May 04, 2013:

21 out of 27

anonymous on April 30, 2013:

@anonymous: Hah! 4 out of 27 here! I need to rethink my lifestyle.... O.o

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 07, 2013:

Interesting quiz, lots to think about.

anonymous on April 05, 2013:

@TonfaGuy: Ha ha me to but 10 of 27!:-D

anonymous on April 05, 2013:

Wow i was surprised how spisific the questions are .........while i was letting my cat lik me and 5 sec. Rule haha mr.c

TonfaGuy on January 09, 2013:

Help...I;m gona die!!!!!

9 out of 27.. not good eh.?

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on January 03, 2013:

@cmadden: Washing hands is number one! We agree that you need to not overdo cleanliness.

cmadden on January 02, 2013:

I'm going to have to agree with KonaGirl. Some more recent information is telling us that being too clean can result in a less effective immune system; and the one item many health professionals will tell you is the single most effective course of action is to wash your hands, especially every time in the bathroom and always before handling food.

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on December 05, 2012:

@Kailua-KonaGirl: We agree that germaphobia causes problems. We promote that a healthy balance with hygiene is the best way to live. Thanks for the feedback!

KonaGirl from New York on December 04, 2012:

I haven't been sick with even so much as a cold in over 30 years and I believe that a little bit of dirt not only doesn't hurt, but helps to build up ones immune system. The questions that were asked in this quiz reasserts that the world has become over sanitized and germaphobic. If you all don't get over it you will never be able to fight off disease on your own. Jeeze!!

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on November 24, 2012:

Question 17 is oddly worded so it could be ambiguous to some. I don't think about germs when I hug someone (but I only hug people whose hygiene habits I'm pretty sure of) so I said yes. I notice you have yes marked as the "correct" answer when yes actually means one does not think about germs when hugging someone else.

It isn't enough to not put the lemon wedge into my glass at a restaurant; I ask for water without lemon. Cross-contamination is common with garnishes because workers often don't treat them as food.

While I use my hand to open doors (except the bathroom door) and I fearlessly shake hands, I also do not touch food, anywhere on my face, broken or irritated skin, or my private parts without washing the heck out of my hands first. After years of working as a florist (it's really a filthy job and one is exposed to all sorts of chemicals) I usually wash my hands before using the bathroom as well as after.

anonymous on September 29, 2012:

i want to become a germapho!

anonymous on September 29, 2012:

very interesting. my average score told me what is obvious and that is that we all need to practice better hygiene.

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on September 25, 2012:

@anonymous: Health aware is best! Great job!

anonymous on September 25, 2012:

Ah, I did over 90%. I guess I would not call me a germaphobe, rather a health awareness person. If I can do anything to keep things away, I am game!

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on September 25, 2012:

@anonymous: Caught it and changed it before too many took the quiz!!! Thanks!

anonymous on September 25, 2012:

You have the wrong answer as correct for #13. You definitely should NOT share drinks. You don't want the other person's germs, and they don't need yours.

attraction 42 on September 21, 2012:

LOL :) Thank you.

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on August 17, 2012:

@anonymous: Hard to tell with so many not willing to admit germaphobia. All we know is that the number keeps rising with each generation! We teach responsibility- not germaphobia.

anonymous on July 20, 2012:

How many germaphobes in the U.S? What do you think the percentage of Americans are germaphobes? Thanks writing an article

anonymous on July 16, 2012:

#13 and #20 don't make sense. #13 If you share a drink with someone, you're not a germaphobe, but according to the quiz it's the other way around. #20 Using the hand blow dryer means you're avoiding contact with anything else, but the quiz doesn't seem to think so.

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on May 11, 2012:

@Seasons Greetings: I do notice that a lot of Germaphobes rush out of bathrooms without washing... hopefully they wash their hands still!

Laura Brown from Ontario, Canada on May 11, 2012:

I think using a bar of soap is a lot safer than squeeze bottles. To me it's always ironic that the biggest germphobes are the least likely people to wash their hands. I don't take any of them seriously - unless I know they wash their hands. I always do.

OUTFOXprevention1 (author) on April 04, 2012:

@anonymous: You're right. Too much isn't necessarily healthy either. Great comment!

anonymous on April 04, 2012:

Constant use of hand sanitizer by others get on my last nerve !!!!

squid-pinkchic18 on March 28, 2012:

"You are responsible with your hygiene but could be bordering on Germaphobia." I think that's pretty accurate to say! Nice lens here!

benjamindlee on March 15, 2012:

Funny quiz. I was more average than I thought! I need to work on a few things...

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