Fear of Public Toilets: The Spread of Bacteria and Diseases
Even with the improvements made over time and the hygiene practices adopted, there are still a huge number of life-threatening germs in public toilets!
In a sense, the general fear of public toilets in the society is not at all baseless – there’s a good reason behind the anxiety that may hit you when you’re in the need of using a public toilet.
How Dirty Are Public Toilets?
We all agree having to use a public toilet is one of the worst things that can happen to you. And not because of the lack of privacy, or because the noise, well, gets out of your little private stall and is heard by anyone who might be waiting for you to come out sooner.
Public restrooms are actually feared because they’re dirty – really, really dirty.
There’s skin associated bacteria in obvious places (toilet seats, door knobs, and on water faucets). Plus, you can get in contact with STDs and may even end up with a swear uterine infection.
Apart from this, Hepatitis A, staphylococcus, streptococcus, shigella bacteria, and the common cold can also be caught from a single visit to any public restroom.
In theory, even Ebola could be picked up.
Now that’s scary!
No wonder there’s a lot of anxiety in people when it comes to public restrooms.
What Should You Do to Avoid Getting Sick From a Public Toilet?
No, we won’t just tell you to wash your hands and sanitize them, because that’s really an obvious one. You’d already be doing that, right?
Here’s what more you can do to avoid contracting diseases after using a public toilet:
- Always keep an antiseptic spray with you in your bag and spray it on the toilet seat to kill bacteria and germs.
- If there’s an open cut or injury on your skin, make sure that part of your body does not get in contact with any object in the toilet.
- Carrying antiseptic wipes is a simple survival technique. Use these right after leaving the toilet to make sure there aren’t any germs left on your body.
What Can be Done to Improve Cleanliness in Public Restrooms?
To improve public washroom quality, organizations should take a closer look at their planning and design as well as procedures for proper maintenance techniques.
Poor design and inappropriate locations for washrooms might lead to bacterial contamination of the washroom, causing it to be contaminated after handwashing. Public bathrooms are a significant source of important items for a healthy society.
They need to be cleaned and maintained regularly to keep them safe from infection and damage.
Moreover, placing toilet rolls can help people clean up the toilet seats before they use them. And it’s also best to replace traditional cloth towels with paper hand towels to reduce the spread of harmful germs and bacteria.