You’ll Avoid Restroom Hand Dryers After This

Manufacturers tried to reduce bacterial transmission from soap dispensers and faucet handles by making them automatic, but the addition of modern air blowers is actually making things worse. As if public restrooms weren’t bad enough already, it turns out modern hand dryers are launching germs, viruses and bacteria as far as 10 feet away from the user.

A study published in January in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that jet air dryers were by far the worst offenders, spreading 1,300 times more contaminants than paper towels while spreading some of them nearly 10 feet from the dryer itself.

Old school paper towels may represent the lesser of two evils.