How Clean Are Your Winter Gloves?

ABC News' Becky Worley tests how many germs live on our winter gloves.
2:04 | 01/18/16

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Back now at 7:42 with "Gma" investigate. With the temperatures plunging your gloves could be making you sick. ABC's Becky Worley has the details. Reporter: They hold ill railings. Open doors push strollers and sometimes they do that. So what germs are on our gloves? We took to the snowy environments. Can I swap your gloves. We are swapping gloves. To swap woal. Leather and nylon. Tested for bacteria and viruses. How often do you wash? Never. I never think about it. Scary. We even swabbed some fellow ABC news employees. I have a cold. Kind of scared to see what will happen. You're holding your own gloves. I know. I can be self-conscious about it. The results, 26 of the 27 samples we tested were positive for bacteria. While most are maharmless nine are tested for staph or mrs and one sample with the Corona virus which is a cause of the common cold. That makes me want to wash those gloves. My gloves are disgusting. That's scary. I think I'm going to be more conscious about my gloves like where I put them. Every time your glove comes into contact you're taking away bacteria on that surface. Here's the good news. The doctor says bacteria and viruses may not last long on gloves. Just hours or minutes in some cases. It's not going to be live on the glove very long because it has nothing to help it survive. Experts say don't keep your gloves balled up in your pockets. Let them air-dry. Wash them often and use a disinfectant wipe for certain fabrics but -- Always be conscious not to touch your face. Ooh, I'm not doing that ever again. For "Good morning America" Becky Worley ABC news, New York.

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