Study: Hand dryers suck up germs, spray it on your hands

(NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP) - You may want to think twice about using the hand dryer in public bathrooms.

A study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that hot air hand dryers spread bathroom bacteria.

Researchers say the bacteria deposited by hand dryers can cause disease and infections.

“In most cases, patients sickened by these bacteria had a vulnerability to infection because of immunodeficiency, chronic disease, or IV drug use.”

The study was published in the April 2018 edition of the journal.

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