Who Invented The Toilet
When you gotta go, you gotta go! Call it a toilet, a lavatory, the pot, the jar or whatever you call it – toilets are simply toilets! Have you ever wondered from where this quest begins throughout history and who invented this necessity?
Historians believe that some of the oldest toilets to use water, were developed by the Indus Valley Civilisation. Thanks to their advance thinking at ancient times, this has developed to our days today.
However, modern flush toilets appears to be an invention from Sir John Harrington, who invented a flush toilet in 1596.
Until these days, flushing toilets went through significant changes to serve their main purpose.
Modern Day Usage Of Public Toilets
As it is necessity, public toilets seems to be present everywhere but just for you to know, there are some germ safety issues you need to know before entering. Biggest danger doesn’t come only from sitting on the seat.
Public bathrooms are germ ridden places and no wonder people avoid them if they can. They’ll go there if they only need to.
Most common lurking bacteria there appears to be E.Coli, streptococcus and S. aureus. Their presence on the seat doesn’t necessarily mean they will make you sick. Why?
Because your skin acts as a very effective barrier to keep germs off, and of course unless you have some kind of open wound on your behind.
People are often wondering can they catch herpes, HIV or other STD. Science has proven that these organisms can’t survive for long time outside the human body, especially not on a cold, hard toilet seat.
For you to become infected, they need to enter either through an open cut, or sore in your mouth or rectum(which wouldn’t normally come into contact with the seat).
What About Toilet Paper Seat Protectors
Well, of course you must use them, but know that they are thin and they can tear apart easily. Try to double-fold them and place as such on the seat.
The automatically replaced plastic covers are much better,but such barriers on the seat act more as psychological than actual physical protection. What to say…
How People Act When They Are In
Some people will do anything possible to avoid touching the bathroom door, others flush with their feet, elbows, handbags – you name it, making an intense workout how to flush or open the door.
How much bacteria are lurking on the toilet seats?
There might be somewhere between 500 to a few thousand bacteria for every square cm, and all of that depending on how often the public bathrooms are cleaned.
What To Do Not To Get Infected
There are couple of common ways to protect yourself from getting any bacteria on:
If you REALLY need to go, and there is no possible way to avoid it, give yourself a little bit of extra protection by using couple of paper seat coverings if you must seat on it.
Extra Paper Protection
If there isn’t any paper seat protection,use toilet paper instead. Remove the first two layers of the toilet paper, throw them away into the toilet and put couple of layers of it before you sit.
Why to throw the first layers? Because you never know if someone before you has dropped it on the floor.
Before you flush, close the toilet with some hand protection before you touch it.Why it is necessary to close it when flushing?
Because contaminated water will become aerosolized and the spray of it can travel upwards for about six feet and you don’t want to inhale that. And not to mention bacteria will be all over the place.
When flushing, you can use some protective barrier on your hands like Kleenex which you should to throw away in the basket. Some people use their legs to do this, but you don’t have to do gymnastics in the jar.
Many people think that toilets are most dirtiest places, but wait to see what is going on in the sink. If you just wash without any soap, you’ve transferred all that bacteria into the sink surfaces. And if you touch your face after you didn’t use any soap – say hello to germs.
You should consider the fact that very few are actually washing their hands properly-unfortunately, and that makes you open to catching some unwanted bacteria.
Public bathroom sinks have high level of contamination and it perfectly makes sense if you use a paper towel as protection to shutting the tap off.
And what if there are no paper towels and there are only hand dryers? It is OK, as long as you don’t let your face to be in the path of the airflow, because if you didn’t washed them properly, there is a chance you are going to blow aerosols from your hands into your face.
Leaving From It
Unfortunately, even if you have done everything properly, if you touch that door handle, you blow all your previous protection efforts.
Door handles of public bathrooms are incredibly contaminated, and sometimes with fecal bacteria or yeast. Not always everyone washes their hands. Yes, it may sounds disgusting, but it is true.
Use some paper towel to open the door and then throw it away.
Is It Possible You Can Always Protect
Yes it is. If you have taken into consideration all steps mentioned above, you can enter and leave public restroom safe and sound.
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