Stand back: hand dryers may be blowing bacteria your way

Washing your hands seems like quite the waste if you're just going to get poo sprayed on them.      Flickr  Sarah Laval

Washing your hands seems like quite the waste if you're just going to get poo sprayed on them. Flickr Sarah Laval

The study suggested that fecal bacteria becomes aerosolized when lidless toilets are flushed, and then hand dryers suck up the germy air and spray it around even more.

Biologists at the University of CT conducted a study and found that the warm air coming from the dryers, it carries with it a huge number of spores of pathogenic bacteria and dirt particles. The same droplets are sucked in by the hand dryers along with air. Unfortunately, according to a new study, this isn't so.

The University of CT carried out a study to identify whether the dryers were helping to disperse germs, or just redistributing them.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Advance Ticket Sales Double BLACK PANTHER on Fandango
The video below is the new trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War," coming out to theaters this April 27. I think that's why the audiences have responded the way that they have to Tony Stark.

The hand dryers were found to be sucking up the impure air inside the washrooms and spraying it back on the hands of the users. Bacterial spores, Setlow explained, had probably traveled throughout the research building from a lab.

Some hand dryers like those made by Dyson do use HEPA filters.

Using a HEPA filter on the hand dryers reduced the bacteria by 75 percent, the study showed.

What WNY Republican congressmen had to say about life after Ryan
He mentioned California's McCarthy and Scalise but also said another candidate might be possible. He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January.

"Perhaps the filters weren't working properly, or the large air column below the hand dryers was sucking in bacteria from unfiltered air adjacent to the forced air column", Setlow, who is a professor at the University of CT, explained.

The researchers, who were from the University of Connecticut's School of Medicine, studied 36 bathrooms across the campus. The numbers of bacteria were higher than those found in the air of bathrooms that didn't have hand dryers, Newsweek reported.

Seeing Red: Apple Unveils iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Red
The common thread between all the bricked phones was that they had been repaired using aftermarket screens. Now it is easy to buy iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the new color variant Red color aluminum finish.

Latest News