Oh Crap, The Grossest Way To Get The ‘Rona
Man, I thought things couldn't get any worse but now the latest news on the spread of COVID-19 has me cringing. According to an article on Huffingtonpost.com, new research shows that the Coronavirus might be transmitted through poop spray that is caused by flushing the toilet. Please put the lid down when you flush to keep the droplets from dispersing into the air and possibly infecting the person who walks into the bathroom next.
The official term for this fecal catastrophe is "toilet plume" and I'm shook. Never a fan of public bathrooms, now I'm horrified by them. Apparently when you flush the toilet the force of the water can send droplets up three feet into the air where they aerosolize and can be breathed in and they can also land on bathroom surfaces becoming another point of exposure.
The article went on to say that the CDC isn't positive that the Coronavirus found in feces is truly capable of spreading the virus, because they are still researching it.
The CDC does suggest taking precautions, such as:
- Wiping down the toilet with an antibacterial agent before using it.
- Put the toilet lid down before you flush.
- Scrub your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom and get after it, pay attention to each finger and the backs of your hands as well.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available and let your hands dry completely before touching anything.
As we start to get back out into the world, we'll be using more public bathrooms or maybe visiting someone's house and using theirs. Keep up your good hygiene out there and put the lid down before you flush.