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Public Restroom Bacteria Spreader

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Most of us happily use jet air hand dryers, convinced they are the best way to get our hands dry without having to worry about those gross germs lurking on every surface in a public bathroom.

Turns out nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, every single time you press the button on one of those things it’s like shooting germs out of a cannon.

Researchers at UK’s University of Leeds tested bacterial contamination with the use of paper towels, warm air dryers, and jet air dryers. To get a bacteria reading, researchers covered volunteers’ hands with a bacteria called lactobacilli (don’t worry — it’s not harmful).

And once they hit the “on” button, that bacteria was flying everywhere, being breathed in by everyone within a few feet. And this is healthy bacteria, mind you — imagine what these hand dryers are doing with the nasty waste that’s REALLY on your hands.

Bacterial counts were nearly five times higher with the jet dryer compared to the warm air dryer. But the real winner was the humble paper towel. Jet drying bacteria counts were a staggering 27 times higher than drying your hands the old-fashioned way.

The solution here is simple. Wash your hands with plain old soap and warm water. And skip those high-tech hand dryers and towel dry them instead.

Your health is being sacrificed to save a few dollars.

 

 

The facts no one wants to read.

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Written by solutions777

December 11, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Posted in Your Health

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