When you flush the toilet, did you close the lid? If not, you’ll most likely release the “toilet” into the air – essentially a spray filled with bacteria.
Anything that bubbles, swirls, and splashes can entrap the waste in the feces, sending small particles out of the air.
A study in hospital bathrooms found that the number of these particles spiked after flushing the toilet and the concentration in the air remained high 30 minutes later.
Harpic, a UK-based toilet cleaning products company, said a recent poll of 2,000 UK adults found that 55% of people did not close the toilet lid before water discharge. The poll is part of the company’s #CloseTheLid campaign.
The toilet water can remain contaminated for several rinses after exposure to harmful germs. A 2000 study found that some of the particles produced by flushing the toilet bowl can reach the lower respiratory tract, which can cause infection.
“Contaminated toilets have been clearly shown to produce large droplets and granules during flushing, and research shows that this toilet straw could play an important role. is important in the transmission of infectious diseases where pathogens are passed out in feces or vomit, ”according to research from the American Journal of Infection Control.
A study published on June 16 simulated the toilets emanating from flushing and found that a large number of particles rose above the toilet bowl wall and persisted in the air.
Researchers have found that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, can pass out feces for up to a month after getting sick. This is longer than for respiratory specimens, although during that time the virus can cause infection and whether or not the virus will infect humans through fecal waste products is unknown.
#CloseTheLid poll and campaign.
THE CONVERSATION and Associated Press contributed to this report.