You have a cold or a flu. And your goal is to spread that cold or flu to as many people as humanely possible. In other words, you want to become a flu-grenade and pull the pin. Well, that’s possible in a few ways. You could walk around the grocery store coughing in people’s faces or in their food. Or, you could take the simple route, and put your wet hands in a Dyson Airblade and allow 400mph winds to pull the pin for you. At least that’s according to a study cited in The Independent, the Airblade spreads germs at a rate of 1300 more times than if someone had used a paper towel.
Research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology in January also showed that jet-air hand dryers, such as the Dyson Airblade – which are found in the toilets of many restaurants, schools, hospitals and offices – spread 60 times more bugs than traditional warm-air hand dryers.
Dyson responded to the study by saying that artificially produced conditions tainted the study. But further, and more interestingly, Dyson claims the paper towel industry is attacking them with fraudulent studies.
Dyson claims their Airblade is hygienic, economical and ecological.
“The paper towel industry has scaremongered with this [type of] research for the past four years.
“It has been conducted under artificial conditions, using unrealistically high levels of virus contamination on unwashed, gloved hands.”
So are the paper towel industry giants waging an unfair publicity smear campaign against Dyson? Studies in the Journal of Applied Microbiology have shown quite the opposite effect.
Dr Patrick Kimmitt, one of the study’s authors, said: “The work we have done has gone through a rigorous process of peer review by three expert, independent reviewers before publication in theJournal of Applied Microbiology.
“In addition, the fact remains that many individuals do not wash their hands thoroughly and/or do not use any kind of soap or sanitizer and this means that if their hands are contaminated with a pathogen it may still be present after ‘washing’. We were testing this scenario in our study.
Sounds to me like Dyson might be the victim of Big Towels.