Wearing a mask will not do much in a gym full of heavily breathing, heavily sweating people. It’s not surprising gyms have more bacteria than toilet handles. Bacteria thrives in pools of sweat, which we have all seen at gyms. Sharing gym equipment with strangers is disgusting.
Types of Bacteria
Staph bacteria abound in gyms, as several studies have shown. While certain staph strains reside on 19% of toilet handles, they were found on about 60% of weight plates, medicine balls, CrossFit boxes, etc.
Gram positive cocci, a common cause of skin infections, was found on treadmills, exercise bikes, and free weights.
Bacillus, a cause of ear, respiratory, and eye infections, also resides on exercise bikes and free weights.
Gross Gym-Goer Habits
A survey of over 1,000 gym-goers revealed disturbing sanitary habits:
1. Over 50% of gym-goers see people not washing their hands after using the bathroom.
2. About 1/3 of gym goers admit not wiping down equipment after use.
80,000 people died from the flu in 2018. The flu is spread through the air. And an enclosed gym full of heavily breathing, sneezing, and coughing people promotes the spread of the flu.
Droplets expelled from sick people can also spread meningitis and whooping cough.