Some public restrooms can be a hotbed of bacterial infection, but researchers on infection prevention offer tips to handle the worst restrooms.
- Stick to the seat. Most toilet seats are constantly disinfected, making them the cleanest spot in a restroom. Instead of avoiding the seat, avoid touching the walls, toilet paper dispensers, or support rails, which can be prone to bacteria.
- Flush with a foot. If the toilet is not an automatic flusher, using your foot to push down the handle is actually effective in preventing bacterial transmission. Researchers also recommend covering your mouth and nose during the flush to avoid airborne backsplash from the toilet.
- Mind the sink. To further prevent transmission, use a paper towel to operate sink handles when washing and when opening the door to leave the restroom. As always, thorough hand washing—and drying—is the most effective way to curb sickness and infection.
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