You really have tried to hold in your bladder, but you just can’t any longer. Yeah, we know the feeling. And finally, you decide to go to the nearest public toilet and start fighting with a lot of germs. Well, don’t worry. You are not the only one going through this.
Half of the whole female population in U.S.A doesn’t sit on a toilet seat in a public toilet. Some chose to put a layer of toilet paper on the toilet seat before sitting on it in order to protect themselves from bacteria, not knowing actually that by so doing, they expose themselves at bacteria even more.
According to health experts, toilet liners are actually more about giving comfort and reassurance to the user than doing anything to prevent disease. The reason for this is that toilet seats can’t possibly transmit any infectious agents, meaning the chances of you becoming infected are near zero. While it’s true that toilet seats were once thought to be possible transmitters of gastrointestinal or sexually transmitted infections, the theory has been negated by researchers.
Another great idea why we should rethink placing toilet paper on the toilet seat is because paper is an ideal carrier for all kinds of bacteria. For instance, you place paper on the toilet sit, pick it up when you are done and then you can touch your face unconsciously, which means that you are exposing yourself to more bacteria.
If you cover the toilet seat with a toilet paper, you will do more harm than good. Why is that so? Toilet paper itself is loaded with harmful viruses and bacteria, which can harm your health, so, when people are done, they all flush, but they don’t put the toilet seat down. According to a study, these splashes can go up to 2 m in height and if that’s so, all the harmful bacteria go on the toilet paper.
So, next time you go to a public toilet, you should remember that the toilet paper is probably dirtier than the seat itself.
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