A Study Found Men’s Beards Have More Germs Than Dogs’ Fur Coats

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2019

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

Seven of the men were found to have microbes that are actually a threat to human health.

Professors with Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic took swab samples from the whiskers of 18 men and compared them with samples from the necks of 30 dogs of varying breeds.

This is compared to 23 out of 30 dogs had high counts and the remainder had moderate levels.

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

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Scientists also wiped-down the MRI scanner after examining the dogs, and found a "significantly" lower bacteria count compared with levels after human use.

Professor Andreas Gutzeit of the Hirslanden Clinic told the Daily Mail, "On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men".

Beard Liberation Front founder Keith Flett said beards were being unnecessarily targeted, suggesting pogonophobia was to blame - the fear or extreme dislike of beards.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he said: "I think it's possible to find all sorts of unpleasant things if you took swabs from people's hair and hands and then tested them".

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