Many people think that putting a cover paper on the toilet seat can help them from getting an infection, however, experts say that may not be the case at all.
According to health experts covering the toilet seat with paper does not help in preventing infections and it certainly does not keep germs at bay. In fact, the experts believe that it is very rare to acquire an infection from a toilet.
“Toilet seats are not a vehicle for the transmission of any infectious agents — you won’t catch anything,” Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University, said.
Schaffner also added that previously conducted studies have proved that people do not contract infections, particularly sexually transmitted infections from a toilet seat.
The experts also added that not only do paper toilet covers not help in preventing infections, they can in fact make matters worse.
A public health researcher at the University of Arizona Kelly Reynolds said that that the microscopic-size bacteria and viruses can actually go through the holes in the seat cover’s paper. Kelly also added that these micro-organisms can not be stopped just with the help of paper covers. She added that there is almost no risk of acquiring infections when a person’s skin touches a toilet seat.
The experts added that the real damage happens when the toilet is flushed because it is then when bits of decal matter go up in the air to form “toilet fume” and stay on surfaces. They said that people can get contaminated from the surfaces where these aerosols settle and can be speed through the touch of their hand, they can even spread through the eyes, nose or mouth of a person.
The researchers believe that covering the toilet seat with a paper makes matters worse as it gives space for the germs to multiply.