Remember the last time you went to the toilet? I bet you didn’t close the seat the flushing. Well, if you did, well done. If not, lets learn why you have to close it every time before you flush- whether after peeing or pooping. Most of us flush the toilet about 5 times a day and it appears we have been doing it wrong. But here is the right way.
Whenever you flush, your toilet releases something called “toilet plume” into the air. This plume is basically a spray filled with microscopic bacteria, including E. coli. The germs in the spray can linger in the air for up to about 6 hours and disperse themselves all over bathrooms including your toothbrush, towels and sponges.
Research suggests that this toilet plume could play an important role in the transmission of infectious diseases for which the pathogen is shed in feces or vomit. Since the water in the toilet bowl contains bacteria and other microbes from feces, urine and maybe vomit, there will be some in the water droplets. Little grams of feces contain billions and billions of bacteria as well as viruses and some fungi.
To prevent all these pathogens from occupying the surfaces of the properties in your bathroom, you simply have to close the toilet seat. This reduces the spread of droplets. If you are in a public bathroom where there is no toilet seat, keep as clean as possible by not leaning over the bowl when you flush and washing your hands immediately afterward.
But note that, the chances of getting an infection from this plume is really low. If you were using a toilet that had also been used by someone with a communicable infection, like diarrhea from salmonella or campylobacter infection, then the water might contain a number of these organisms which can infect you.
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