Everyone has either a public bathroom horror story or some sort of public bathroom fear. In fact, many people fear the public toilet so much, they avoid using them altogether. Whether the fears are founded or not, they can interfere with day-to-day life. Of course, there are things you can do to lessen your exposure to and fear of public toilets, such as laying sanitary toilet seat covers between you and the seat, but we’ll talk more about the options shortly. Let’s take a look at what exactly there is to fear on the public toilet.
What’s on a Public Toilet?
You will find as many as 50 bacteria per square inch on a public toilet at any given time. Even “clean” porcelain thrones sport a few bacteria. This doesn’t mean to say that you’ll get sick just by sitting on them, though. However, just knowing this fact might be enough to cause anxiety and the desire to avoid this necessary evil at all costs.
The biggest fear most people have is catching a sexually transmitted disease from using a public toilet. The good news is, this just isn’t possible because most germs that cause these infections die as soon as they hit the cold, hard plastic of the toilet seat. Having said that, there are a few germs you can acquire just from sitting on a toilet seat – if you’re there at just the right time.
- E-coli – You’re probably familiar with this nasty bacterium. It hitches a ride in fecal matter and packs a vicious punch. The toilet may look clean, but even clean toilets can have traces of e-coli on their surface. Be unlucky enough to be exposed to this bug and suffer diarrhea, stomach cramps and vomiting.
- Norovirus – Much like e-coli, this virus cause stomach troubles and can live up to two weeks on the non-porous surface of a toilet seat.
- Shigella – This is another gastrointestinal disruptor that causes cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. About 14,000 cases are reported each year in the U.S, and with symptoms lasting a week or more. The Shigella bacteria travels from person to person via fecal matter, and these sneaky predators can still transfer and infect others even once the host is feeling better. The best way to steer clear of the Shigella bacteria when using public toilets is to use a sanitary toilet seat cover and wash your hands when done doing your business.
- Streptococcus – You might know this one, too. If you’ve ever had strep throat, you’ve had experience with the Streptococci virus. The bad news is, this virus can be even nastier than the strep throat you remember. If you’ve heard of the “flesh-eating virus,” you’ve heard of the worst type of Streptococcus. The odds of actually catching the flesh-eating virus from a public toilet seat are slim, but toilet seat covers are a good way to make sure you don’t.
Automatic Toilet Seat Covers for Safe Public Toilet Use
It’s a pretty sure bet that you’ve seen the cheap sanitary toilet seat covers in public toilet stalls. They’re made of thin paper and they crinkle loudly and never stay in place. Those cheap toilet seat covers are the old way of doing things. Today’s public toilet protection are automatic toilet seat covers that provide a clean, easy-to-use barrier of protection between you and the nasty germs just waiting to make their home inside your body.
The best sanitary toilet covers come from Brill, the leading manufacturer of hygienic products. These automatic seat covers are electronic and driven by a motion sensor mounted on the wall above the toilet. There’s no need to touch anything to get a fresh, clean toilet seat cover each and every time you need it. What’s more, disposal of the plastic cover is just as easy and sanitary, for a no muss – no fuss public bathroom experience.
If you’re a person who holds their business all day (which is bad for your, by the way), or someone who hovers over the bowl trying not to touch a thing, it’s time you experience the automated beauty of Brill’s toilet seat sanitary covers. If you’re a business owner who cares about your employees, you owe it to them to provide a safe and sanitary place to take care of nature’s most basic function by installing Brill’s automatic sanitary toilet covers today