What do toilet seat covers actually do?

In my travels I have noticed that places outside of the US and even some areas of the US don’t have toilet seat covers in public restrooms.

Though I do have to say that many years ago I was at a truck stop in Germany and they had this amazing self-cleaning toilet. It was the cleanest public toilet I have ever used.

I like to use toilet seat covers. But are they really necessary?

From a HuffPost article … Those liners may have more to do with providing comfort and reassurance to the user than actually doing anything to prevent disease, says infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner, M.D., a professor of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Someone recently told me if there is no toilet seat cover just hover over the toilet seat.

When you hover your muscles are tense and you can’t completely empty your bladder.

There is actually a WikiHow article teaching you how to urinate. Wow!

But back to the hovering, here’s what WikiHow says: Do not “hover” over the toilet seat since doing so tenses the pelvic muscles. When sitting on the toilet, you should sit completely and keep your … Continue reading