Being extra careful and putting a toilet paper on the toilet seat every time you go to the public restroom, in order to prevent catching a disease from someone’s else splashes that may have remained on the toilet seat, seems like doing the right thing. Or, maybe not?
I am pretty sure that after reading this article you will never put toilet paper on the toilet seat again. Read this article to find out why this is wrong.
According to various experts, the toilet seats are not a vehicle for the transmission of any infectious agents and you will not catch any disease. Actually, toilet seats were believed to be a way of transmitting gastrointestinal or sexually transmitted infections, but researchers confirmed that this fact isn’t true.
If you cover the toilet seat with toilet paper, you are more likely to harm your health, due to the fact that toilet paper is loaded with harmful viruses and bacteria. When people are done, they flush, but forget to put the toilet seat down. According to this study, these splashes can go up to 2 m in height and thus all the harmful bacteria end up on the toilet paper.
According to experts, the “ick“factor is responsible for those liners to exist. Of course, that there are disease-causing bacteria like E. coli and streptococcus on the toilet seat, but the skin on our behinds acts as an effective, protective barrier, and we are not saying that you should avoid this method, but it is highly recommended to use your own toilet paper.