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How Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria Will Surprise You

How Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria Will Surprise You

It’s gross! I’m referring to germs and bacteria being blown into the air.

Before diving into an explanation on what’s the fuss about airborne bacteria, let me talk about this first: you might think that the bathroom is a relatively safe and an unintimidating place especially when it’s clean and properly maintained. However, A new study just came out with new discoveries pertaining to the safest method in drying hands to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Is it using paper towels, warm-air dryers, or jet dryers? Based on the study in the Journal of Hospital Infection, the University of Leeds’ researchers soaked volunteers’ hands in paint. After a while, the scientists had the participants dry their hands using the three methods mentioned earlier. The principle behind the process is that the paint will be used to simulate bacteria and it will be a great way to find out which of the three methods is best to prevent the spread of disease.

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Look below, the stain on the wall that resembles an air-brush smear is the work of a warm-air dryer.

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    In the next part of the study, volunteers’ hands were coated with lactobacilli bacteria to mimic the dirty hands of an individual who attempted to clean his hands but ended up not washing properly. Jet dryers, which blasts air vigorously were the most intense culprits. Warm-air dryers which are gentler were better, to a certain extent, and good old paper towels, did not scatter much bacteria at all. The study came out with figures to measure up things and it showed drying up with jet dryers resulted to 27 times as much bacteria blown in the air compared to using paper towels.

    In the end, even if it’s a bit old fashioned, and it has some environmental issues, paper towels are still the best option when drying up after using the john.

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    Sources:

    This Photo Will Make You Never Want to Use a Hand Dryer Again by Jesse Singal via Science of Us

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    This Is How Hand Dryers Spread Bacteria by Sarah Zhang via Gizmodo

    Featured photo credit: Photo Credit: NickNguyen via Compfight cc via compfight.com

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

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