VERIFY: Do Hand Dryers Blow Dirty Air?

posted by Dennis Elliott - 

CHARLOTTE, NC -- A photo of a petri dish filled with bacteria is going viral because the spores reportedly came from a hand dryer in a public bathroom.

The photo posted to Facebook in January is starting to make the rounds again -- leaving people wondering if it’s the real deal.

NBC Charlotte turned to the experts to find out.

“Sounds gross but it’s true,” said Dr. Arash Poursina, infectious disease specialist with Piedmont Health in Rock Hill.

He’s not at all surprised that this is what came out of an enclosed hand dryer.

“A toilet, if you don’t close the lid when you flush, a lot of bacteria gets aerosolized. It’s in the bathroom air that you and I are breathing in,” he said.

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