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People Are Swearing Off Hand Dryers After This Woman's Photo Went Viral

By Mark Pygas

Those hand dryers in public bathrooms may be great for saving paper, but they're probably not great for your health. A study published in 2016 in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that jet air dryers spread 1,300 times more viral plaques than paper towels do. And thanks to the ferocity of the air, the viruses can be spread about 10 feet. 

Just in case you need that number visualized, Nichole Ward of Carlsbad, California, claims to have placed an open petri dish in a dyson airblade for three minutes to collect samples. 

After letting the dish sit on a table for a further three days, here's what grew...