Air dryers may spread more hand germs

November 25, 2014 8:49 PM

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New research funded by a trade organization of paper towel manufacturers suggests that towels spread less bacteria.

Previous studies have shown mixed results, some finding air dryers spread more bacteria and others showing they’re as safe as towels. A review of past studies published in 2012 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggested that in healthcare settings, at least, “paper towels should be recommended.”

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