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Stand back: hand dryers may be blowing bacteria your way

Stand back: hand dryers may be blowing bacteria your way

Hand dryers in public restrooms may be spreading bacteria to your hands, so you should think twice about using them.

They used plates to collect the bacteria that was expelled from the dryers when switched on, finding that sometimes up to 60 colonies of bacteria were discovered.

For the study, a Connecticut-based team looked at 36 bathrooms at facility of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Newsweek notes, where one lab produces large amounts of spores of PS533, a specific but harmless strain of bacteria Bacillus subtilis.

The results of the study were concerning.

The hand dryers were apparently sucking up the bacteria around the bathroom and blasting them to the hands of people.

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Scientists comparing normal bathroom air to that blasted from hand dryer nozzles have found far more bacterial colonies develop in samples exposed to the latter. There was bacteria contamination inside the hand dryers, waiting to spread to the next person who dries their hands with them. How many bacteria in the apparatus that the researchers suggest to wipe his hands with a towel, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the news of Yu.

Alternatively paper towels are found to be more hygienic, but that option is also less environmentally friendly and potentially more costly. The HEPA filters were able to block 75 percent of the bacteria from reaching the hands, but not all hand dryers in public restrooms will be equipped with such filters. For this reason, many opt to use hand dryers to dry their hands, especially if the dryers are touchless.

The outcome of hand dryers spreading poo is unlikely to have a serious effect on your health, however, as many day-to-day items, such as mugs and desks, are also covered in germs.

So how can you avoid the bacteria?


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