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

Time for the flu shot

Today my company hosted a flu shot clinic.

For all eight years it has been offered to me I have taken advantage of the convenience and the free shot. I absolutely hate shots and needles.

But I like my health more than I hate needles. So my wienie self sucks it up.

Other jobs have offered the free flu vaccine as well and I have always taken advantage of it.

There are some people who don’t want to get the shot or won’t. I respect that.

But what I ask my friends and loved ones and even those I don’t know or have never even met who refuse the shot, when you are sick, please stay home and don’t bring your germs to work (or anywhere else where you can avoid spreading your cooties).

I realize the flu shot doesn’t cover all strains.

And it doesn’t help prevent the common cold, which for some reason many people I have encountered believe this misconception.

The Mayo Clinic posts some facts I want to share with you: