Avoiding contact with public bathroom fixtures doesn't make you a card-carrying germophobe.
"You should avoid contact with any surface because it might be contaminated by someone who did not wash their hands," said Kathy Morrisey, director of infection control at Washington County Hospital.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dirty hands are the root cause of many infectious diseases, and people aren't doing enough to keep their hands clean.
For Morrisey, the rule when using public bathrooms is: Don't touch anything.
Here are more tips for staying sanitary:
- Wash your hands for at least 15 seconds. "Sing 'Jingle Bells' or 'The ABCs' if you have to," Morrisey said.