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Men with beards carry more germs than dogs including deadly bacteria in facial fuzz, study claims

Professor Andreas Gutzeit said the study showed hounds were 'clean compared with bearded men'

The Sun
By Phoebe Cooke
14 April 2019

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MEN with beards carry more germs than dogs including deadly bacteria in their facial fuzz, a hair-raising study has found.

Researchers discovered that nearly half of all sampled beards hosted bugs dangerous to human health.

The study was trying to determine whether there was a risk of humans picking up a dog-borne disease from an MRI scanner also used for examinations by vets, the Mail On Sunday reports.

In examining the beards of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs from a number of breeds, scientists  found that even hounds had lower levels of microbes than the beards surveyed.

Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland’s Hirslanden Clinic, said: “The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men’s beards compared with the dogs’ fur.”

The study found all of the bearded men, aged from 18 to 76, showed high microbial counts, while only 23 out of 30 dogs had high counts, and the remainder had moderate levels.

Seven of the men were shown to have bugs hazardous to human health.

The scanners were disinfected after the dogs were examined on the MRI scanner, showing a “significantly” lower bacteria count compared with levels seen when used by humans.

“On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men,” said Dr Gutzeit.

Keith Flett, founder of the Beard Liberation Front that promotes facial hair, was not impressed by the report.

SOURCE: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sun-men/8860464/men-beards-germs-dogs-bacteria/

 

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Santa D
22 minutes ago, Drosselmeyer said:

somehow I think this is slightly biased reporting . . .

Do ya think?  Scientific studies and surveys can and most oftenly do skew the results in the direction of the conclusion they want to reach.

For example; Did the dogs just receive baths?  And were the men all homeless vagrants?  Without having more information I can not accept the results of this study.   For I know that I wash my beard more often then most dogs get bathed.  But I will admit, my granddaughter has picked out some cookie crumbs from time to time.

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Drosselmeyer
6 minutes ago, Santa D said:

Do ya think?  Scientific studies and surveys can and most oftenly do skew the results in the direction of the conclusion they want to reach.

Agreed - not sure the author spent too much time with the details - just a shock headline to get people to read - not sure the Sun is the most scientific of research publishers.......

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Black River Santa
1 hour ago, Drosselmeyer said:

In examining the beards of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs from a number of breeds, scientists  found that even hounds had lower levels of microbes than the beards surveyed.

My wife would totally agree. Maybe this why the dogs get more lovin'.

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bllwnkl

If it was on the internet then it must be true, right? :P

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Black River Santa
24 minutes ago, bllwnkl said:

If it was on the internet then it must be true, right? :P

I only believe what I hear and read. :huh:

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Mervyn The Hired Hand

Where did they find these guys? How many men with beards do you know that use an MRI in a vets office anyway? And how many dog-borne diseases can humans catch? Not many, according to my biologist spouse, who is grossed out by the study.

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Michael Rielly
15 hours ago, Santa D said:

Do ya think?  Scientific studies and surveys can and most oftenly do skew the results in the direction of the conclusion they want to reach.

For example; Did the dogs just receive baths?  And were the men all homeless vagrants?  Without having more information I can not accept the results of this study.   For I know that I wash my beard more often then most dogs get bathed.  But I will admit, my granddaughter has picked out some cookie crumbs from time to time.

 

15 hours ago, Drosselmeyer said:

Agreed - not sure the author spent too much time with the details - just a shock headline to get people to read - not sure the Sun is the most scientific of research publishers.......

 

The media is always recycling articles. It's all about the clicks. This topic comes up every year...

 

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Santa Johnny Boy

If these scientists were any "good" they'd be out curing diseases...

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Drosselmeyer
13 hours ago, Michael Rielly said:

 

 

The media is always recycling articles. It's all about the clicks. This topic comes up every year...

 

I'm not sure which is worse - being compared to dog slobber or poo . . .70e643bf2c8f07a435f3629cd6344e84.gif

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Black River Santa

Cleaner beard or dirtier dog?

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Richard Gainey

Parents shouldn't be all that concerned over what can be found in our beards. I am more concerned as to what viruses the kids are carrying that visit with me!

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Nick Hudson

well I haven't licked my private parts or anyone else's, I'll take. the beard.

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