- So, if you want to cuddle up to your dog, and not your bearded man, then we understand.
It turns out that bearded men have more germs than dogs do. Do you believe this to be true? Because a new study says that it is.
According to said study, bearded guys have more germs than dogs’ fur. Researchers from Hirslandan Clinic, near Zurich, Switzerland, wanted to know whether evaluating humans and dogs in the same MRI scanner would be hygienic.
To do this, they compared the bacterial load in colony-forming units (CFU) of human-pathogenic microorganisms in specimens taken from 18 bearded men and 30 furry dogs. They also compared how bad the bacterial contamination of an MRI scanner used for both dogs and humans was compared with two other MRI scanners used just by humans.
The bearded men showed higher microbial counts compared with only 23 out of 30 dogs. It turns out that seven of the men had so much bacteria in their beards that they were at risk of getting sick.
The study showed that the jointly used scanner had significantly less bacteria counts than the scanners that were used only by the humans. Gross.
“On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean, compared with bearded men,” study author Andreas Gutzeit said.
The study was published in February 2019, but just recently went viral. There are some bearded bros that are not a fan of the study.
Keith Flett is the founder of the pro-hirsute Beard Liberation Front, and he is doubtful of the study’s findings. “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,” he said. “I don’t believe that beards in themselves are unhygienic.”
“There seems to be a constant stream of negative stories about beards that suggest it’s more about pogonophobia than anything else.”
What do you think? Are dogs or bearded men less germy?