Monday December 10, 2018

Now Say No to Germs While Using Public Toilets

Public restrooms are a hub of bacteria and viruses. You cannot control the hygiene aspect, but ensure taking precautionary measures to avoid infections, say experts.

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Public restrooms are a hub of bacteria and viruses. You cannot control the hygiene aspect, but ensure taking precautionary measures to avoid infections, say experts.

K. Nath, a Physician, said: “Though men and women both are vulnerable to such infections/diseases; women are more prone to such infections as they have direct contact with the toilet seats while urinating. Washing your hands and carrying sanitizers can make use of public convenience a little less dreadful.”

KE Ranganathan, Managing Director, Roca Bathrooms Products Pvt Ltd, suggests some tips which will help make your public restroom experience more hygienic:

* Dealing with doors and knobs: Always try opening the door by holding any other surface apar from the knob. Doorknobs carry germs from multiple sources and may cause infections. Try using a tissue paper for holding the knob and it is mandatory to wash hands post the same.

* Look into multiple stalls: Post entering the restroom, check all the stalls and make the smartest choice by choosing the cleanest among the lot. Prefer using an Indian style instead of western toilet seat to avoid any direct contact with the toilet surface. In case of using a western style toilet, use toilet paper or disinfectant on the seat before sitting/squatting.

* Flush safely: One might not be aware but there are more chances of spreading bacteria while flushing. Before you flush, make sure you are dressed and ready to leave and then flush with toilet lid closed as the air around it carries germs. Use a tissue to press the flush button, ensuring another level of hygiene check.

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* Be patient: Always wait a couple of minute before using public toilet when someone else has used it before you. They would have just flushed and the air may carry spray from their toilet flush and will have bacteria that can lead to infection.

* Washing and drying of hands: Make sure you wash your hands post using the toilets with soap for at least 20 seconds. Also, try using paper tissue to close the tap, if it is not automatic. Always use tissues or napkins to dry your hands in case you are not carrying a handkerchief and avoid the use of air dryer that can spread germs present in the air around.

* Safety of personal belongings: When using a public toilet or restroom, secure any personal belongings. Germs touching your hands can be easily washed out but once they transmit to your belongings such as phone, handbags, etc they might infect you. Avoid placing your handbags on the floors and hang it on the hook behind the doors.

Also Read: World Toilet Day: Easy Ways to Break Bad Toilet Habits and prioritise Sanitation Issues

* Leave the restroom safely: Ready to leave the restroom? Make sure to pull some extra paper tissues and use that to open the toilet door handles/knobs.

* Carry alternate hand sanitization products: Always keep a hand sanitizer handy with you. You may not find water everywhere to disinfect your hands. Any decent hand sanitizer can do the trick. Use it once you are out of the public restroom to ensure germ-free hands. (IANS)

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Smartphone Screens Filthier Than A Washroom: Study

"Our phones are never far from our sides; we take them everywhere with us. Therefore, it's inevitable that they'll pick up a few germs along the way,"

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If you think toilet seats are the dirtiest ones swarming with germs, look at your smartphone. A research has revealed that smartphone screens have three times more germs than a toilet seat.

More than a third of people (35 per cent) have never cleaned their smartphones with wipes, a cleaning fluid or a similar product, according to the study done by Insurance2Go, a gadget insurance provider based in Portsmouth, England.

“The average smartphone screen has been found to be more than three times dirtier than a toilet seat,” sky.com reported on Saturday, citing the findings.

One in 20 smartphone users was found to clean their phones less than every six months, said the study.

For the study, researchers swabbed three smartphones — an iPhone 6, a Samsung Galaxy 8 and a Google Pixel — to test for aerobic bacteria, yeast and mould.

The findings showed that all areas of the phones “harbour at least some quantity of each type of substance”.

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Smartphone screens are the filthiest part filled with germs which may lead to skin problems and other health issues. IANS

The screens were the filthiest part of the smartphones, filled with germs which may lead to skin problems and other health issues.

The screens of the three handsets had a combined total of 254.9 colony-forming units per cm2. This means there was an average of 84.9 units on each screen.

“In contrast, a toilet and flush was found to have just 24 units, while an office keyboard and mouse was found to have just five,” the report said.

The back of the smartphones had an average of 30 units, the lock button had an average of 23.8 units, and the home button had an average of 10.6 units.

More than a third of the respondents admitted having not cleaned their phones for long.

“Our phones are never far from our sides; we take them everywhere with us. Therefore, it’s inevitable that they’ll pick up a few germs along the way,” Gary Beeston, sales and marketing manager at Insurance2go, was quoted as saying.

Also Read: Now say No to Germs While Using Public Toilets

A fifth of British adults now spend more time online each week than the average time spent at work, said a recent study from the UK’s communication regulator Ofcom.

Two in five adults (40 per cent) first look at their phone within five minutes of waking up, rising to 65 per cent of those aged under 35, while 37 per cent of adults check their phones five minutes before lights out, again rising to 60 per cent of under-35s. (IANS)