Hand Dryers Spread Far More Germs Than Paper Towels: Study

If you’ve ever had a cold so horrible the sadist in you woke up and urged you to make everyone else suffer as terribly as you, your best bet is to cough on your hands, wet them and then shove into a dryer that can send viruses three meters across the room.

That’s what scientists think anyway after a new study found that jet-air dryer, such as a Dyson Airblade, spreads 60 times more bugs than an old-fashioned warm-air model and 1,300 times more than paper towels, according to the Sunday Times.

The study also found that the germs propelled across the room by these jet air dryers linger for far longer than other dryers.

“The results of this study suggest that in locations where hygiene and cross-infection considerations are paramount, such as healthcare settings and the food industry, the choice of hand-drying method should be considered carefully,” the authors concluded.

Source: The South African


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