10 Ways Public Restrooms Could Change Forever
Did someone say self-disinfecting toilet seats?
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have questioned the sanitation of a public restroom. While the bathrooms that have fallen short of cleanliness requirements were just a little uncomfortable before the novel coronavirus, now they could be downright dangerous. Many people will not feel at ease making their way back to restaurants, concerts, or even the movies until certain protocols are in place, especially when it comes to the restrooms in these places that normally have a reputation for being a haven for germs. Experts have a few thoughts about what the future will look like in terms of using the bathroom in public and it’s safe to say that grimy toilets will certainly be a thing of the past. Here a little more insight on what life, in general, could look like after coronavirus.
Less opportunity to go in public
Many organizations will not open their public restrooms at all unless it is necessary by law to do so, Abdil Baholda, a clinical lead and pharmacist, says. It may become the norm to go into a store or café without the opportunity to use the restroom.
The urinals in the men’s restrooms will have larger spaces between them which can be implemented quite quickly by removing every other urinal already installed, Jase Rodley, a technical SEO consultant, says. This also could be the case for toilets.
Rodley also imagines that the entrance and exit doors are likely to be automated for people to avoid touching them as often.
Digital cleanliness boards
In Sweden, even before the pandemic, most public restrooms had digital boards showing the last time they were cleaned, Viktor Sander, a counselor specialized in human behavior, says. Regardless of showcasing cleaning times to the public, restrooms will certainly have to be disinfected with a higher frequency and aligned with a strict protocol. Clean public restrooms will not be a luxury anymore. Check out how hotels are also improving cleanliness after coronavirus.
UV disinfection technology
UV-C disinfection will become the norm, according to Brad Halsey, CEO and founder of Building Momentum. UV-C motion detection disinfection lights automatically turn on when the door closes. Among the other tools, there are tests for air-disinfecting towers and gasified hygiene.
Automatic taps soap dispensers and hand dryers may need to be installed to promote minimal contact when it comes to using the sink, Aragona Giuseppe, GP and medical advisor at Prescription Doctor, claims. Automatic flushes will become the norm and possibly even automatic toilet seats, lids, and locks on stall doors. Implementing minimal contact technologies will be a crucial way to ensure that public restrooms are safe.
Hand sanitizing stations
Hand sanitizer will be everywhere in addition to hand soap, Allen Yeung of Little Discoverer believes. Most likely outside the restroom doors to wipe away germs from any surface touched inside. This will be especially true for common spaces such as offices.
Toilet seats will need to be refurbished to include a disinfecting wipe dispenser next to the toilet paper, Lina Velikova, a medical advisor at Supplements101, says. Feasibly we could see “self-disinfecting” toilet seats on the market soon, using a combination of chemical and UV rays to keep the surface free of germs.
Public restrooms will also have more practical changes in addition to technological ones. People may see extra hooks and shelves placed throughout the bathroom and inside the stall to decrease the likelihood of people placing personal items on the floor, Colleen Costello, CEO and co-founder of Vital Vio, says.
There could be enhanced ventilation systems to prevent viruses from remaining in the air, CJ Xia, a healthcare professional and vice president of marketing and sales at Boster Biological Technology, says. Public restrooms will have proper ventilation systems so that any airborne virus or bacteria is not contained in one space for too long. Next, check out these everyday habits that will change forever after coronavirus.