Do you sometimes cover the toilet seat when using public bathrooms in an effort to NOT contract anything yuck? I do – but apparently, this is not the more hygienic method of using the loo. The Sun reports that you’re exposing yourself to more bacteria when you create the man-made tissue barrier between the seat and yourself. The seat itself is designed with its shape and smooth surface to repel germs.
On the other hand, the Huffington Post UK have asked hygiene experts on this and they report that contracting diseases off either are very rare. Professor Val Curtis from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told The Huffington Post UK that bacteria on the toilet seat will be dead within an hour: “Some pathogens and viruses last a bit longer than that,” she explained. “But this is really an aesthetics issue because people feel disgusted by the idea of having their nether regions coming into contact with places that stranger’s nether regions have come into contact with… It’s much more of a psychological revulsion than a real public health risk.”