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The Best Way to Dry Your Hands in the COVID-19 Era

As more offices reopen, greater safety practices must be followed

From wiping down groceries with a disinfectant wipe to wearing masks in public, we've all taken drastic measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities. As some people return to their offices for work or start dining out in restaurants, many will start to question how to safely use public facilities including bathrooms.

Whether it be in shopping malls or bars and restaurants, bathrooms are usually equipped with both paper towels and air dryers. So, what's the safest way to dry your hands in a public bathroom? While there's not a definitive answer, most experts agree that using paper towels is the safer option, Huffington Post reports.

"With paper towels, you are capturing the viral particles in a confined location and removing them from the physical environment and then discarding them safely, in a garbage receptacle," says Sandra Kesh, a deputy medical director and infectious disease specialist at Westmed Medical Group in Westchester, New York. And the science backs this fact up: A 2012 study from the Mayo Clinic found that surfaces touched by people who had jet-dried were more likely to be contaminated than those touched by people who had used paper towels.

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