Restrooms get a bad rap when it comes to germs, but even in a pandemic, your risk of catching a highly infectious disease is low. An Australian study found that unless you spend a substantial amount of time in a public restroom, the odds of catching COVID-19 are low.
While it is true that things like the “plume” can send germs into the air when you flush the toilet, they are your germs, and therefore the risk of cross-contamination is low.
When tested, restroom surfaces posed very little danger. Hand dryers did have some risk, as they do push aerosols into the air, though that was the only area of note. Overall, as long as users practiced proper hand hygiene and didn’t dawdle, their risk of getting sick from a public restroom was low.
If you find yourself concerned, there are a few precautions you can take. Don’t eat, drink, or use your cell phone while in the restroom. And, as always, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and dry them thoroughly. If visitors follow these steps, the risk remains low, and public restrooms are nothing to fear.
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