1. Myth: You’re more likely to catch an illness in the washroom than anywhere else
“An elevator would be a more hazardous place than a public washroom,” says Scott. That’s because airborne viruses travel in small, poorly ventilated spaces that put you in close proximity to a lot of people. However, most public washrooms are spacious and well ventilated. “Those two facts make the washroom a difficult place for [airborne] viruses to transmit from one person to another, ” says Scott. Viruses and bacteria that do lurk in the loo, such as E. coli and norovirus, are shed in fecal matter and, through improper hand washing, can get picked up on your hands and ingested. Sounds disgusting, but Scott says that for a healthy person, these bugs cause little more than the unpleasant symptoms of the stomach flu.