Can’t sit on the hot stool that others have sat on? So say the experts. (Image source: Adobe Stock)
Recently, “Why can’t you sit in someone else’s seat?”hot stool“ohsubjectrush uphot search.The subject came up quicklydiscuss, Some people think they cannot sit on hot stools that others have sat on because of the possibility of infectious diseases; There are also many netizens who say that they often sit on “hot stools” on the subway,” the seats will be gone when they are cold”, and “I’m already tired from work” . So you can’t sit on the hot stool that others have sat on? Is there a way to sit on a hot stool?infectious diseaserisks of?
Is there a risk of spreading disease from sitting on a hot stool?
1. Simple “stool fever” will not cause infection
Most contact-borne disease pathogens often cannot survive too long in a dry and hot environment, and in order for them to penetrate the skin barrier, they often need sufficient numbers and activity. Therefore, as long as one’s skin barrier is intact, it is very difficult for these bench residues to pose a threat to an individual’s health.
However, some pathogens, such as chicken pox, skin candidiasis, scabies, ringworm and other diseases, if the infected part of the patient’s skin is in direct contact with the bench, and in direct contact with the next person’s skin without complete inactivation, there will be. possible infection.
Therefore, no matter what kind of infectious disease it is, the way of transmission is the key, such as contact transmission, blood transmission, respiratory transmission, etc. Simple “fecal fever” will not cause infection.
2. Preconditions for contact transfer in a hot environment
The weather is getting hotter, and everyone’s clothes are colder. Assuming that pathogens are to be transmitted through feces, the most likely way is contact transmission, but this contact also has prerequisites.
For example, the skin of the previous person who sat on the stool directly touched the stool, and the surface of the seat may leave dander, sweat, sebum and some germs on the surface of the skin. But it does not mean that you will become infected by contact with germs, because pathogens are very sensitive to temperature and humidity, and most of them will die shortly after leaving the environment of the human body To allow for them to penetrate another person’s clothing and skin barrier. , you need a sufficient number AND activity, the possibility is very small, so don’t worry too much.
3. It is better to check if the chair is dirty than to see if the chair is hot or not
Of course, this does not mean that this risk does not exist at all, for example, a patient suffering from chickenpox, skin candidiasis, scabies, ringworm and other diseases left bodily fluids on the seat because of broken skin, and someone happened. left the seat when he left Immediately after sitting in this position, and unfortunately, there is also damage to the skin in the part that is in contact with body fluids, so there is still a possibility of infection.
But in the same way, if the previous seated person left secretions and the latter happened to sit on him, back infection can also occur. “It is better to see if the chair is dirty than to see if the chair is hot.”
For public areas that are regularly cleaned, dry and hygienic, there is little risk of infectious diseases.
1. Stay away from places with damp and poor clean conditions
Some places, such as public toilets, have poor cleanliness and humidity, which can easily become a breeding ground for germs, so keep them as far away as possible.
2. Wash your face and hands as soon as you get home
Dust in the air tends to settle in the pores of the skin, and hands can come into contact with a large number of public facilities every day. If they touch the mouth and nose without cleaning, it is easy to spread pathogens via the faecal- oral route. Therefore, frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers with a bactericidal effect can better protect personal hygiene.
3. Pay attention to avoid crowded places
Wear a mask in crowded and poorly ventilated environments. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose to protect yourself and others.
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