Can I use a public bathroom?
Yes, you can use a public bathroom as long as you follow some simple steps. There’s nothing about using a public bathroom that puts you at higher risk of catching COVID-19. It’s just another place where you might come into contact with someone who is infected.
Most of these steps are what you should be doing every time you use a public bathroom, even if COVID weren’t a problem:
Wear a mask, especially if there might be other people in the bathroom..
Wash (or sanitize) your hands BEFORE going into the bathroom. This decreases the chance that you transmit COVID to someone else if you are infected.
Don’t touch your face or your phone while you are in the bathroom: You don’t want to transfer bacteria or viruses from surfaces in the bathroom onto your face or phone.
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry them after you use the bathroom. This was as important before COVID as it is now
After you leave the bathroom, consider using hand sanitizer: This makes sure you don’t catch anything from touching the bathroom door on the way out.
As communities re-open and people spend more time outside of the house, these are some simple steps to make using a public bathroom as safe as possible
Last update: June 16th, 2020, 7:35 am ET
Science review: JAB, AHN