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Use of hand dryers poses a health hazard, say experts - 3 Jan 2018 23:10

By: Angela Oketch

Are you fond of using a hand dryer after visiting the washroom? Then, you need to be careful. Experts have warned that warm air dryers are unsuitable for use since they may contribute to cross-infection via airborne dissemination. According to a study done by British researchers, hand dryers could infect people standing nearby when another person is using it. Worryingly, they tend to spray the most bacteria — up to almost a metre from the floor, the study shows. “When paper towels were used for hand drying, no dispersal of bacteria was found but hand dryers spray bacteria all over the room,” said the study. According to the Health ministry, drying hands with a paper towel will reduce the bacteria count by 45 to 60 per cent as opposed to using a hand dryer, which will increase it by 255 per cent. The study sought to find out the risk ...
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