Coronavirus Coverage

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According to a new study in China, flushing the toilet can spread COVID-19.

Per the New York Post, “Researchers at Yangzhou University in China have used a computer simulation to show how flushing a toilet can spew a plume of virus-laden aerosol droplets as high as three feet — lingering in the air for up to a minute and possibly infecting others.”

They add, “Recent studies have shown that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive in the digestive system and end up in the feces, raising the possibility that it could be transmitted from the toilet.”

Ji-Xiang, one of the study co-authors, said in a statement, “One can foresee that the velocity will be even higher when a toilet is used frequently, such as in the case of a family toilet during a busy time or a public toilet serving a densely populated area.”

In a nutshell, the best way to avoid this from happening:  Close the lid before you flush.

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