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Woman's Facebook post will put you off using hand dryers

Woman's Facebook post will put you off using hand dryers

This isn't the first time Dyson's hand dryers have been questioned by the public, or even the scientific community. That photo has now gone viral.

This was done to mimic hands that have been poorly washed.

But the internet was shocked to discover just how disgusting hand dryers can be as one student in California, USA, shared the results of an experiment using a Petri dish which has now been seen by over half a million people. "Yes 3 only. DO NOT EVER dry your hands in those things again", she said.

"This is the several strains of possible pathogenic fungi and bacteria that you're swirling around your hands, and you think you're walking out with clean hands".

It's unclear what Ward's scientific background is.

Those responding to Ward's post - which was shared more than 544,000 times - were shocked by what they saw.

"Ahhh!" I just used one of those today, and on it it says "the most hygenic" and all I could wonder is what about the air it bloes into your face which is the contaminated air in the bathroom.

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"So freaking nasty!" Krystle Henderson said.

Adding that her post was simply created to raise awareness, and not to instil fear, Nichole was evidently keen to bring the likely lack of hygiene to people's attention.

Later, she mentioned Dyson, which has hand dryer models that are enclosed - although she later removed the reference after the post went viral around the world.

'All Dyson AirbladeTM hand dryers have HEPA filters that capture particles as small as bacteria from the washroom air before it leaves the machine, ' the statement went on.

Modern hand dryers are worse than paper towels when it comes to spreading germs, according to new University of Leeds research.

The fact that people don't get sick every time they use a public bathroom or a hand dryer suggests there is nothing especially harmful about the bacteria around a hand dryer or in a public restroom if people use good handwashing procedures, Inverse suggested. Their little colonies were just a speck here and a speck there. And for a few days, she watched as bacteria and fungi accumulated in the dish. Earlier studies have also suggested that air dryers spread germs further compared to paper towels or napkins.

Bottom line: don't buy into the hype - there is no reason to worry about using hand dryers, Tetro says.


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