As you know, I’ve a bit of a thing about toilets and I found myself researching information on public toilet hygiene today. I stumbled across the rather disgusting and unhygienic phenomenon of ‘toilet plumes’ (also known as ‘toilet turbulence’)
Apparently, according to a recent scientific study, when a toilet is flushed it can expel large numbers of fine liquid droplets (up to 60%) from the bowl, from you (and even others before you) three feet into the air above the seat. In summary – toilet flushing propels microbe-containing droplets into the air around you. Yuck!
The advice is to either stand back facing away from the toilet when you flush or to put the toilet cover down to reduce the droplets. It’s also advisable to wear your mask the whole time. I’m thinking that a hazmat suit would also work well.