Stop! Don’t Use These Hand Dryers
It is a wise saying that a public bathroom can be judged by the hand dryers it possesses. But as shiny as they seem, these hand dryers might not be that much hygienic, with respect to a study on virus dispersal.
Journal of Applied Microbiology published this study present year that is recently strengthening the fire of an old competition between paper towel manufacturers and Dyson. The research observed at the virus dispersal of 3 dissimilar hand-washing techniques: typical “warm air” dryers, paper towels, and “jet dryers” like made by the Dyson Airblade.
The findings revealed that the viral plaque-forming units spread by Airblade-type products are 1,300 times more as compared to those paper towels. Comparing with “warm air” dryers, the amount spread by Airblades is 60 times higher. If we discuss the gross results, it was found that jet dryers are able to throw viruses up to 10 feet, while normal warm air dryers are just able to managed 2.5 feet or 75 cm while the hand towels can just fling 10 inches or 25 cm.
Now after the results of this research being published, The Dyson Airblade is very hot target of media because they brand themselves as “the fastest, most hygienic hand dryer.” Though, some techniques used in the research study have been questioned by the British technology company.
The participants in the research study were required to wear gloves and then wash hands in a viruses’ suspension. As directed by the researchers, they were later required to dry their hands by using one of the 3 methods of hand-drying. Dyson is of the view that this is an idealistically intense concentration of viruses, because an individual would most probably have washed their hands by using soap and water prior to the use of dryer.
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Moreover, Dyson doubtful there might be some suspiciousness in the dark underbelly of industry of hand-drying. One a Dyson’s spokesman was of the view that the paper towel industry is involved in such dubious research activities for the past 4 years. They were of the view that the research had been experimented under non-natural condition, using unpractical increased virus levels impurity on gloved, unwashed hands.
Irrespective of the haze created by the hand-drying business drama, the research finding is needed to be taken seriously.