Air Hand Dryers In Public Restrooms Cause Concern For Spreading Germs


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, several adjustments were made by businesses to try to cut down the chance of spreading germs; many of those changes were touch-free alternatives.

However, a study from March 2021 revealed that high-speed air dryers could actually leave more contamination than paper towels.

"We observed less droplet and/or microbe dispersion, and consequently lower level of toilet surfaces contamination, following hand drying with paper towels compared to a jet air dryer," the study from Cambridge University Press stated

As CDC and state guidelines loosen heading into the summer, WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) spoke to some people outside a Boston Common public restroom. He asked them how they feel about air dryers.


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