‘Put a lid on it’ and other tips to reduce bathroom germs

The pandemic has changed our relationship with germs as many of us have gone out of our way to ensure that we are practicing proper hygiene to avoid spreading the virus. Isabel Valdez, a physician assistant and assistant professor of general internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, gives us some tips on how to practice good hygiene habits in one of the places where germs can spread quickly – the bathroom.

An infographic with the following five tips. Practice the usual hygiene routine of washing your hands for 20 seconds. Pull the toilet seat cover down before flushing if there is one available. Keep toothbrushes far away from the toilet to avoid any airborne particles from coming into contact with them. Clean and disinfect bathrooms at home regularly, but consider cleaning them more frequently if someone in the household is sick. When using public restrooms without toilet covers, try not to bring any food or drinks into the bathroom stall with you.

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-By Dipali Pathak

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