If the thought of using a public toilet cubicle in an office, restaurant, cinema, or (God forbid) a petrol station makes you squirm, you’re certainly not alone. The rise of the Internet and the excess information, rumours and gossip has given rise to a generation of ‘germophobes’. When a germophobe dares to use a public toilet, usually out of absolute necessity, they find themselves pushing open the cubicle doors with their elbows, hovering over the toilet seat, and flushing the toilet with their shoes – all to avoid catching any nasty germs.

But despite our over-active imaginations, and the rumours spread by friends who know of people who’ve caught deadly viruses from toilet seats, are there really any dangerous germs that can be caught from using a public toilet?