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Hand Dryers in Public Bathrooms Blow Feces on Your Hands, Study Says

April 13, 2018

A new study has revealed a truly horrifying consequence of using hand dryers in public bathrooms. 

Automatic hand dryers suck up tiny particles of feces in the air and spray them all over your hands. And that hot air blowing out contains much more bacteria than the rest of the air in the bathroom. 

Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the study of 36 bathrooms at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine reveals "many kinds of bacteria, including potential pathogens and spores, can be deposited on hands exposed to bathroom hand dryers."

In fact, up to 60 different bacterial colonies can be sprayed during just 30 seconds of hand drying. Researchers spotted staphylococcus aureus in several samples, which is a common bacteria found in the body that can sometimes linked to serious infections.

Who knew wiping your hands on your pants would be the sanitary solution?

(h/t Fox 5 DC)

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