Men's beards are dirtier than dogs, according to new study

Men's beards are dirtier than dogs, according to new study

The research by the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland found that every sampled beard contained bacteria, and almost half had bugs that could be hazardous to human health.

The study was conducted by scientists wanting to learn whether there is a risk that humans might pick up a dog-borne disease from an MRI scanner that was also used by veterinarians for exams.

The study performed by the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland closely looked at the beards of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs.

A new study which sampled men's beards found more harmful bacteria in human whiskers than in dog fur.

"The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men's beards compared with the dogs' fur", said study author Professor Andreas Gutzeit, the Daily Mail reports. "The remainder had moderate levels", Gutzeit said. Almost half of the beards tested in the study carried germs that posed serious risk to human health.

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After the MRI scans of the dogs, the scanners were disinfected.

Men are fighting back, of course, by saying that if men kept up with their hygiene, the bacterial count would be lower.

They found the dogs' fur had fewer germs.

"There seems to be a constant stream of negative stories about beards that suggest it's more about pogonophobia than anything else".

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