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Doctor’s disgusting experiment proves why you should NEVER use a hand dryer

Doctor’s disgusting experiment proves why you should NEVER use a hand dryer in the bathroom and instead shake dry: ‘This is a warning to everyone’

  • Leading epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding has urged people not to use hand dryers
  • Shared a TikTok video showing effects of shaking hands compared to dryer
  • Clip shows significantly more germs appear in a petri dish with a dryer

A doctor has revealed the disgusting reason why you should never use a hand dryer and instead always opt for a paper towel or handshaking.

Epidemiologist Dr Eric Feigl-Ding, a member of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 mortality committee, shared a TikTok video originally posted by US company Phone Soap showing the effects of drying your hands in compared to using a hand dryer.

In the clip, a man tests several petri dishes to see how many germs grow when they are incubated for three days.

In the clip, a man tests several petri dishes to see how many germs grow when they are incubated for three days.

The man is seen shaking the petri dish

Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, a member of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 mortality committee, shared a TikTok video originally posted by US company Phone Soap that showed the effects of drying your hands compared to using a hand dryer. In the clip, a man tests several petri dishes to see how many germs grow when they are incubated for three days.

Shaking his hands on the left left nothing to grow in the petri dish, while placing a petri dish under the hand dryer saw a huge amount of bacteria grow in just three days.

A similar level of germs appeared from a gas station dryer, while a Dyson airblade in a movie theater was just as bad, but still saw significantly more growth than the petri dish being shaken dry.

dr. Feigl-Ding shared the video, writing: ‘Nota Bene – DO NOT USE HAND DRYERS IN THE BATHROOM. Research shows that these dryers suck up and blow out fecal aerosols. Shake your hands dry instead.”

It comes after a California woman warned people to beware of closed hand dryers in public restrooms by sharing a sickening photo of what she believes are the potentially harmful bacteria and fungi that can be blown onto your skin every time you use one.

Shaking his hands dry on the left left nothing to grow (pictured) while a hand dryer from the same location saw a huge amount of bacteria appear.

Shaking his hands dry on the left left nothing to grow (pictured) while a hand dryer from the same location saw a huge amount of bacteria appear.

A similar level appeared from a dryer of a gas station (photo)

ADyson airblade in a cinema was not that bad - it still had considerably more than from dry shake

A similar level appeared from a gas station dryer, while a Dyson air knife in a movie theater wasn’t that bad – it still had considerably more than from dry shake

Nichole Ward went to… facebook to share the disturbing results of an experiment.

The photo she posted shows a petri dish full of mold and bacteria after being in a hand dryer for just three minutes.

The image shows a petri dish with various things that get quite large after just 48 hours.

dr.  Feigl-Ding shared the video, writing: 'Nota Bene: DO NOT USE HAND DRYERS IN THE BATHROOM.  Research shows that these dryers suck up and blow out fecal aerosols.  Shake your hands dry instead.

dr. Feigl-Ding shared the video, writing: ‘Nota Bene – DO NOT USE HAND DRYERS IN THE BATHROOM. Research shows that these dryers suck up and blow out fecal aerosols. Shake your hands dry instead.”

It comes after a California woman warned people to beware of closed hand dryers in public restrooms by sharing a sickening photo of what she believes are the potentially harmful bacteria and fungi that can be blown onto your skin every time you use one.

It comes after a California woman warned people to beware of closed hand dryers in public restrooms by sharing a sickening photo of what she believes are the potentially harmful bacteria and fungi that can be blown onto your skin every time you use one.

She explained that the dish contains “several strains of potentially pathogenic fungi and bacteria” that end up on the hands of people using closed-door hand dryers.

What are pathogenic bacteria and fungi?

Pathogenic bacteria and fungi are the ones that can cause disease.

Many bacteria – such as those found naturally in the body, including acidophilus – are not harmful, but nearly 100 species can cause disease in humans.

And while there are about 300 different types of fungi that are pathogenic to humans, some—like many mushrooms—are harmless.

Nichole Ward made it clear in her post that although both fungi and bacteria grew in the petri dish, they are merely “possibly” pathogenic and may in fact be harmless.

Pathogenic fungi and bacteria are the ones that cause disease.

“I put the open plate in a closed hand dryer of a public bathroom for a total of 3 minutes. Yes only 3.

“NEVER dry your hands in those things again,” she added.

Bacteria spreads more easily when your hands are wet, so if you’re a shaker and don’t dry your hands properly, you might as well not bother washing your hands.

Instead, it’s best to shake them dry or use a paper towel.

Researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK have previously called for air hand dryers to be banned from hospital toilets because they blow bacteria across the room.

They found high levels of dangerous bacteria that cause blood poisoning, pneumonia and gastroenteritis when dryers were used.

Writing in the Journal of Hospital Infection, they wrote that the dryers — which can leave up to five times as much bacteria on the floor as paper towels — should be taken from hospitals.

Leeds scientists also found in 2020 that a paper towel to dry your hands is “significantly” more effective at removing viruses such as COVID-19 than a hand dryer.

In the study, they found that 10 out of 11 surfaces touched by someone using a hand dryer showed significantly more contamination than people using a paper towel.

Scientists say hand drying is important to minimize the spread of dangerous microbes.

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