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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Is hand washing enough to stop the spread of disease?

Not drying your hands thoroughly after washing them, could increase the spread of bacteria and rubbing your hands whilst using a conventional electric hand dryer could be a contributing factor. Frequently people give up drying their hands and wipe them on their clothes instead, but hand-hygiene is a key part of infection control and drying hands after washing is a very important part of the process. A new study looks at different methods of hand drying, and their effect on transfer of bacteria from the hands to other surfaces.

The new type of hand dryer, I think they're made by Dyson, are the most effective automatic drying machines but if you wear rings that are slightly too big the air blast can strip them off your fingers.

I find it amazing the number of men, can't speak for women, who use public toilet facilties and don't wash their hands afterwards!

Read the Science Daily article:Is hand washing enough to stop the spread of disease?

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