41 Action News tests how germs move around your house

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 20:25:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of Kansas City-area families are spending a lot of time at home with their young children right now, thanks to school and business closings in response to the spread of COVID-19.

That means it could be a great time to talk about just how prevalent germs are, and how important it is to wash hands on a regular basis.

41 Action News anchor Taylor Hemness tested a glo-germ kit at his own home, with his three elementary school-age sons.

During the "experiment," powder from the kit was spread over the boys' hands, but they weren't told its purpose. They were told not to touch their faces, but otherwise to act normally.

After a 15-minute period, a black light from the kit was used to show the boys the residue of the powder on their hands. But it was also used to show them the residue that was scattered over the surface of every item they'd played with, not to mention walls, doorknobs and light switches in multiple rooms. The residue also showed up on both of the family pets.

The residue even showed up on each of their faces, even though they were asked not to touch that part of their body.

Finally, the boys were asked to wash their hands. Even after the hand washing, there was still residue from the powder visible on their hands under the blacklight.