Why you should never walk through airport security barefoot

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Many airports are hectic and mobbed. After all, thousands of passengers pass through them on a daily basis. But the dreaded airport security is not only a hassle for many, it can pose a variety of health hazards.

Jason Tetro, microbiologist and author of the bestseller The Germ Files explains that although there have been no scientific examinations of the microbial impurity of airport floors, investigates have looked at surfaces in the airport and help find an incredible number of different types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

The human body sheds millions of microbes every hour and possibilities for microbial spread in airports is quite high. Tetro says that as for the types of microbes find, many can cause infections on the scalp and also in the respiratory tract.

The following listing was based on studies and research from various sources, some of which include Oxford Academic and the National Library of Medicine.

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