A new study from the Journal of Applied Microbiology proves that using the jet air dryers (specifically Dyson models) you oftentimes find in public bathrooms "is like setting off a viral bomb in the bathroom."
More specifically, when the dryers blast-dry your hands, they are launching the viruses you're washing from your hands into the air around you. Viruses, according to the journal, "linger for longer periods of time and reach much farther distances." Paper towels are a much more sanitary option. In fact, TechInsider reports these air dryers spread 1,300 times more viruses than paper towels do.
Researchers at the University of Westminster in London told TechInsider that of all the thousands of germs these dryers propelled into the air, about 70 percent of them landed at the height of a child's face. Said germs went as far as 10 feet away from the air dryer and lingered in the air for 15 minutes.
Solution: Hide. Never put yourself in a situation where you have to use a public bathroom ever again. Never go out in public. Become a hermit. Stay safe.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.