Everybody knows that toilets contain millions of germs, so this is why we all are so fond of the toilet seat cover which protects us from infections. However, public health experts say that these covers do not protect us. Actually, nothing might happen if you use a toilet without a seat cover.
The experts said that toilet seat covers do not play any role in stopping the germs, but you don’t have to worry. The probability of catching a serious infection from a toilet is low, even if there was no cover there. On the contrary, these seat covers are absorbent and the tiny bacteria can pass through.
Toilet seat covers do not stop the germs
Kelly Reynolds is a public health researcher at the University of Arizona. She explains how these toilet seat covers are not protective and they cannot stop the spread of germs. However, it is very unlikely to contract any dangerous germs just from the contact with a toilet seat.
On the contrary, germs spread around more easily after flushing. This is when tiny bits of fecal matter are spread into the air under the form of aerosol. This phenomenon is known as toilet plume. When these bits are blasted into the air, they settle on everything around them, including toilet paper, they contaminate the hands and can even reach the eyes or the mouth.
Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University, supports this claim. He even performed a research which proved that toilet seat covers could not transmit any infections. Thus, he refuted the claim that you could catch sexually transmitted diseases or gastrointestinal infections from toilet seats.
Don’t cover the seat with toilet paper
Many people choose to cover the seat with toilet paper when using a public restroom. However, this is not helpful and it might even make things worse. As the contact surface increases, there is more room for germs to multiply. Therefore, putting toilet paper on the seat is not protective at all. Moreover, if you use toilet paper from the public restroom, it might have already been infected with toilet plume.
After you use the toilet, don’t forget to wash your hands, as the biggest risk is getting your mouth infected through your hands. Always use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. This is the most important way to keep clean and avoid toilet infections.
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