Study Reveals The Shocking Way How COVID-19 Can Travel Through Your Toilet
Researchers have now claimed that the coronavirus may be capable of travelling through the toilets and plumbing pipes in buildings and spreading. A report published in the journal Environmental International showed that the coronavirus was found on sinks, shower handles, and faucets on a 16th-floor apartment, situated directly above a residence where five people had been infected with COVID-19.
Researchers then performed a simulation to see if plumbing could spread the virus. While ruling out the possibility of transmission via the building’s elevator, they found that toilets may be responsible for the spread of the virus. The researchers wrote: “The possibility of aerosol transport through sewage pipe after flushing the toilet at the 15th-floor restroom was confirmed by an onsite tracer simulation experiment showing that aerosols were found in the restroom of apartments on the 25th floor and 27th floor”.
1The virus was found in urine and feces
Researchers had found traces of the coronavirus in feces even before. But recently its presence was also discovered in urine. This proved that it could potentially spread via flushing of urinals which theoretically results in dispersal of viral particles. These particles can be inhaled which causes the spread of the infection.
2How does COVID-19 spread from the toilet or urinals?
As per scientists, the primary mode of transmission and spread of the coronavirus is through person-to-person. However, it remains unclear as to how often it happens via droplets containing particles of the virus. Larger particles are produced when people cough or sneeze, but these tend to drop to the ground rather quickly. Smaller particles called aerosols tend to linger on in the air and are mainly responsible for the spread of the virus. These aerosols even include particles which are potentially spread by flushed toilets. Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the top infectious disease experts stated that it is likely that the coronavirus is aerosolized and the frequency of infections due to this reason is being calculated by scientists.
Researchers of Environmental International said that it was pointed out in previous studies that respiratory aerosols are capable of travelling “considerable distances” and can drop to the ground in nine minutes. They pointed out the fact that in over 300 residents of the Hong Kong apartment building Amoy Gardens got infected with SARS another previous respiratory coronavirus in 2003. It was believed that the virus was carried through the building’s plumbing.
3You can reduce the chances of the infection by putting the lid down
Researchers in their writings stated that, “Restrooms, owing to the shedding of SARS-CoV-2 in fecal material and aerosolization during toilet flushing, should be thoroughly cleaned regularly (e.g. ventilation and sterilization). If the toilet seat is equipped with a lid, it is recommended to close the lid before flushing the toilet, especially in hospitals”.