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Updated February 29, 6:20 AM


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Hand dryer safety

    The University of Connecticut has found that "the more air you move... the more bacteria stick," study author Peter Setlow said. 

 "And there are a lot of bacteria in bathrooms." That's because bathroom bacteria comes from feces and gets "aerosolized" when toilets are flushed, especially with the lid up, Setlow explains. Hand dryers then apparently suck it up and spray it on people's hands, posing a possible risk for the elderly or people with health problems.

The independently-funded study looked at 36 University of Connecticut School of Medicine bathrooms and tested each hand dryer once for 30 seconds. The dryers blew up to 60 separate bacterial colonies, including staphylococcus aureus, a common bodily bacteria that's been associated with infections.

However, dryers fitted with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters blocked roughly 75% of the bathroom bacteria.

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