“Eighty percent of disease is caught by direct or indirect contact-either interacting with a person who carries germs or touching a surface where those organisms live,” says Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., author of The Secret Life of Germs and director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center. “Both types of contacts are common in yoga centers,” he stated.
How does contamination occur? According to a study done by Dr. Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, an average person touches his/her face 18 times an hour, passing germs from the nose, mouth to the skin and back. In yoga centers, there are warm and humid conditions where bacteria can survive for several hours to several days on inanimate surfaces, and viruses can actually linger for weeks. The warm condition is perfect breeding ground for these bacteria. Thus, not only is the room a culprit for germs but also the yoga practitioner.
There are literally thousands of bacteria which thrive in yoga centers such as staphylococcus or MRSA which is resistant to most antibiotics and if not treated, can lead to sepsis. It used to be found only in hospitals, but these bacteria are now detected in fitness and yoga centers.
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