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Your Health: Air blown hand dryers may spread germs

Next time you wash your hands in a public restroom, you may want to think twice before you use an air-blown hand dryer.New research shows you may be spreading more germs with the air hand dryers versus paper towels.The British study revealed bacteria levels in the air around jet-air dryers were 4.5 times higher than around warm air dryers and 27 times higher than around paper towel dispensers.The researchers also found the bacteria could still be detected in the air around hand dryers even 15 minutes after they were used. They say you may also be splattered with germs from other people's hands.

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