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11/28/2017    

RELEVANT RESEARCH


Why Asians Never Wear Shoes in the House


 


Individuals who have ever stepped foot inside an Asian household probably know that shoes are not allowed. Shoes are typically removed before entering homes for hygienic reasons — the amount of dirt and bacteria found on them are shockingly disgusting. Approximately 421,000 different types of bacteria can be found on shoes, according to a 2008 study by the University of Arizona. Of the shoes examined in the study, 96% of them were found to have coliforms, a bacterial indicator of the level of sanitation of foods and water that is also universally found in feces of humans and warm-blooded animals.


 


Study author Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, explained: “The common occurrence (96%) of coliform and E. coli bacteria on the outside of the shoes indicates frequent contact with fecal material, which most likely originates from floors in public restrooms or contact with animal fecal material outdoors. Our study also indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space after the shoes were contaminated with bacteria.”


 


Source: Next Shark via Dr. Wenjay Sung
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