Luckily, we got the lowdown on these germs so you don’t have to spend the day in a restroom with a microscope and a clipboard — unless that’s your thing.
How many different types of bacteria and viruses are actually found in a public restroom? Two? Seven?
A 2014 study of four restrooms found over 77,000 distinct types. Not all of them were active, but they were detected nonetheless.
These are the most common offenders:
E-coli, streptococcus, salmonella, paratuberculosis, staphylococcus. Plus, the common cold virus and some sexually transmitted organisms. Yikes, gross, and no thanks.