Most of us have to use public restrooms. There is no way around it: from your office to the fancy restaurants, when nature calls, you gotta go.
We often cover the seat with paper, thinking it will make a public restroom cleaner. Well, that's not the case.
The Truth About Fecal Bacteria
When you flush, fecal bacteria spreads everywhere. It enters the doorknobs, walls, toilet paper. That's the main reason why putting toilet paper on the seat makes no sense.
We could flush the toilet with the lid down. But, others might forget about it, and we are back to fecal bacteria spreading in the air.
Toilet Seats Are Not That Dirty
Another fun fact- toilet seats are not the dirtiest part of a restroom. The most contaminated parts of bathrooms are the ones we touch the most.
These include doorknobs, sinks, and toilet paper rolls.
That is another reason not to use toilet paper to cover up the seat. You are essentially adding more microbes to the already affected area.
Fun fact number three - bathrooms are full of bacteria, but those same viruses and bacterias are not only reserved for bathrooms. Most viruses and bacteria can survive on the toilet seat for only a short period.
The only risk comes if bacteria gets directly to your urethral or genital tract.
How To Use Public Restrooms
To ensure your health and safety, the first rule is to know how to wash your hands. Use soap for 20 to 30 seconds and clean each part of your hand.
Avoid touching the faucet with your washed hands. Instead, use napkins or toilet paper.
Do not put your things on the floor, if possible.
Avoid touching surfaces in the public restroom. Before washing your hands properly, do not touch your nose, mouth, or eyes.
If there is no soap, use a hand sanitizer.
In the time of the pandemic, having a hand sanitizer is a necessity. Still, avoid touching your face.