The toilet seat cover offers certain level of comfort as the thin layer is between your bare body behind and a piece of dirty cold plastic. However, if you ignore the cover, you may sit down on the plastic surface.
Probably not a big deal, according to public health experts. They say, the seat covers do not stop germs, and you may not catch an infection from a toilet, anyway.
Toilet seat covers are absorbent, while the bacteria and viruses are tiny to pass through the large holes in the cover’s paper, said Kelly Reynolds, at the University of Arizona, a public health researcher. That means they do not stop the germs spread, she said, but the risk of germ getting transmitted from your skin touching a toilet seat is not safe in the first place.
Germs will spread after you flush the bits of fecal matter into the air in aerosol form, referred to as “toilet plume.” From there, Reynolds said, these of fecal matter bits settle on surfaces, contaminating hands and spreading to the eyes, nose or mouth.”
A professor of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt University, Dr. William Schaffner, also agreed. He pooh-poohed seat covers to the Huffington Post and the research has disproved notions that toilet seats spread sexually transmitted infections or gastrointestinal infections.
Schaffner said, that is because the toilet seats do not transmit infectious as a vehicle or agent and so you will not catch anything.
Yet, Reynolds confirms the biggest risk about the fecal matter spread in public restrooms, so wash your hands with lathering soap scrubbing it well.