Beards Found To be Germier Than Dog Fur

April 17, 2019

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There is no mistake that beards are fashionable.  From the five o'clock shadow to a bird's nest, men are embracing the hair on their faces more than in recent memory.  But there is a dark side to those beards. Results of a study proclaim that beards carry more bacteria on their person than dogs! The study originally began to see whether or not it would be hygienic to have dogs and humans share the same MRI machine. So they broke out the swabs and wiped down the machines and compared the bacterial load on a MRI scanner shared by dogs and humans with two other MRI scanners used exclusively by humans. What they found was that the men with facial hair appeared to have brought more bacteria into the machines with them than the clean-shaven men or the dogs. In fact all the bearded men, aged from 18 to 76, showed high microbial counts, but only 23 out of 30 dogs had high counts. The remainder had moderate levels. Even worse is that seven men were even found to harbor microbes that posed a threat to human health! But these findings aren't with criticism. Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front, says the findings just add more negative press for beards and that most men's beard are hygienic and clean.

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SOURCE: VT & Daily Mail

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