Story by: KTVK, Phoenix, AZ
Halloween masks are meant to be scary, but it’s what’s living inside the masks that might make you scream.
Phoenix news station KTVK decided to take a closer look at how clean masks for sale at stores really are.
Biology Professor Dr. Stan Kikkert, of Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ then tested swabs taken from the masks’ nose and mouth areas.
“I was quite surprised at the number of bacteria and the diversity of the bacteria found on these different plates. One person after another after another wearing this probably adds to this and allows for the bacteria to actually cultivate so that might be part of the reason why we see such robust results,” Dr. Kikkert says.
He also says the main danger from the masks would be exposure to bacteria that could lead to skin conditions like staph infections. He suggests soaking masks in rubbing alcohol as a sure-fire way to kill germs.