New examine piles on proof in opposition to hand dryers


In our efforts to grow to be extra eco-friendly and scale back our exploitation of nature we’ve completed some fairly nice issues. We’ve had just a few misfires as effectively, nevertheless, and hand dryers in public restrooms is perhaps a part of the latter. That appears even clearer now as a brand new examine piles on proof in opposition to hand dryers and exhibits how they suck up fecal micro organism from the lavatory air and blow it again at our fingers (1).

The examine was printed within the journal Utilized and Environmental Microbiology and its outcomes appear fairly conclusive.

How does it work?

Each time we flush the bathroom, be it at dwelling or in a public rest room, so long as the lid is just not closed fecal micro organism shoot into the air. This impact is named bathroom plume. That’s why it’s good to place the bathroom’s lid down when flushing or to maintain your toothbrushes in a rest room cupboard.

Whereas bathroom plume is manageable in our personal bogs, nevertheless, it’s far more troublesome in public restrooms the place the bathrooms are flushed consistently.

How a lot micro organism are we speaking about?

Throughout their analysis, researchers uncovered one set of plates to 30 seconds of hand dryer restroom air and a second set – to 2 minutes of the identical restroom air however with the dryers off. The outcomes have been fairly stunning.

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