In fact, almost every surface of a public restroom is festering with bacteria, including the sink and the hand dryers. According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, aside from flushing toilets, electric hand dryers are largely responsible for distributing high amounts of bacteria around a restroom.
The problem with electric hand dryers is the airflow. While blowing water off your hands, they’re also blowing bacteria and viral particles up into the air. This gets circulated throughout the room, contaminating just about everything in sight. While the air blowing from the hand dryer may be clean, low-mounted hand dryers will collect pools of bacteria-infested water that drip off the user’s hands. Not to mention, many of us are too impatient to wait for our hands to completely dry, thus walking out with damp and dripping hands – further spreading bacteria. While it may be cheaper for a business to invest in an electric hand dryer, paper towels are actually more beneficial to everyone’s health.
So, what should you do if you have to use a public restroom? For one, don’t build a toilet paper barrier. Secondly, close the toilet lid before flushing to prevent germs from flying around. Also, think about investing in carrying your own baby wipes or hand sanitizer. These little things can help you avoid catching any harmful bacteria.
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