Public restrooms are always considered a uncomfortable place to enter, from the unpleasant smell to the unhygienic toilet seat. This is the reason why there are so many rumor around the place that we can not distinguish which one is truth or not. However, we got the answer!

1. You’re more likely to catch an illness in the toilet than anyplace else

“An elevator would be a more risky place than a public toilet,” says Scott. That’s because airborne viruses travel in little, poorly ventilated areas that put you in close proximity to tons of people. However, most public washrooms are spacious and well aired. “Those 2 facts make the toilet a troublesome place for [airborne] viruses to transmit from one person to another person, ” says Scott.

Viruses and bacteria that do lurk in the loo, such as E. coli and norovirus, are shedded in fecal matter and through improper hand laundry, get picked up on your hands and eaten. Sounds awful, however Scott says that for a healthy person, these bugs cause some little unpleasant symptoms of the intestinal flu.

2. Covering the bathroom seat before you sit down could be a smart plan

Blame it on Community-Associated methicillin Resistant staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA), a new drug-resistant strain of bacteria that, in some populations, is transmitted by the skin and will lead to skin infections.

“While I’ve never read a case report of a toilet seat being concerned in the movement of CA-MRSA from one person to a different person, it’s completely plausible as a result of one of the places [the bacteria] prefer to hide is in our groins,” says Scott. CA-MRSA can even survive on surfaces for long periods of time. Thus while your risk of getting CA-MRSA from a rest room is extremely low, Scott says it’s better to be safe than sorry by putting down a barrier between you and the seat.

3. Flushing before you sit down makes the bathroom a lot more hygienic

Water that’s been sitting in the bowl for a short while is a perfect environment for microorganism to multiply. “If you’re sitting all the way down to pee, you’re disrupting the surface of the water, which creates a mist that carries bacteria,” says Scott. Once the water evaporates, the bacteria become dust that you will inhale. Flushing cleans the bowl, which could wash away a number of the bacteria.