The Big Bad Wolf

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Don't Shit Where You Eat!

What does the title mean? is there a wolf in the toilet? WILL HE EAT ME?!

no not really. This  is an awareness post, and it serves to alleviate the constant fear most people have about public restrooms and what diseases they may hold. For those of you that are familiar with the pubic toilet across from the business gate in AUB, you have a clear idea of how bad public restrooms can smell, having their stench detected miles away. However, we should not be so keen to judge all restrooms the same way.

First of all, there’s common sense. If you see blood, pee or any other bodily fluid on the seat, it might be best not to sit on it. But if the seat is dry, you have nothing to worry about. A common item that 99% of lebanese public toilets lack (i think i’ve only encountered one here) is paper toilet seat covers. those could provide protection, but their main purpose is ease of mind.

Toilet seat cover

Now you would say that a toilet seat is covered with germs and all kinds of disease causing bacteria. And that is true. However so is almost any other surface anywhere. The truth of the matter is that the most common germs present on the seat (E.coli,salmonella, Hepatitis A) will not be transmitted by direct contact, so unless you have a cut on your butt (it rhymes, lol) you don’t have to worry about anything, as long as you employ common hygiene procedures ie. washing your hands afterwards.

So next time you gotta go, its safer to go than hold it in and risk soiling yourself. For extra care however, it never hurt to have purell with you and wipe the seat before sitting on it. supposedly it kills 99.9% of germs 🙂

  1. Joseph Ch. says:

    You are a wise toilet scholar, my friend (Y). Never again will I make the costly mistake of resting my behind on bloodied toilet seats 😀

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