Whenever you ride on the Subway, you see the other riders and the rats, but you don’t think about the other riders that you can’t see—germs! Infection control today recently published an article about some new findings about subway bacteria.
The lead high school student, Anya Dunaif, from the Rockerfeller’s Summer Science Research Program swabbed all parts of the subway. Some of the most interesting findings were bacteria impervious and to major antibiotics. After letting the 18 swabs sit in Petri dishes that contained the three most common antibiotics, five of the swabs continued to grow.
The article defined antibiotic resistance as, “the ability of disease-causing bacteria to withstand compounds used to kill them off. It can make a once treatable infection more serious, even life threatening. A natural consequence of evolution, and the widespread use and misuse of antibiotics, resistance is increasing worldwide.”
The students then looked to find where the bacteria were stemming from. They found the antibiotic resistant bacteria were coming mostly from Grand Central Station and stations along Central Park. These findings aren’t surprising since these stations have higher traffic than other parts of the city.
Antibiotic resistant anything is scary, but an easy way to keep yourself healthy is washing your hands often, especially before and after you ride the subway. Even though this is one of the best options, there is something better than creates a barrier between you and the subways surface: Pandle.
The Pandle is rubberized, which helps with stability with the frequent jerks and tugs of the subway. But, it’s also has antibacterial in nanosilver form, which means there is always an anti-bacterial agent on your hands at all times. The Pandle also comes in five colors (black, red, blue, purple and green), so you can ride in your own style.