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UK News Coronavirus: Flush with the toilet lid down to help ward off infection, experts say

19:26  03 april  2020
19:26  03 april  2020 Source:   uk.style.yahoo.com

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Why you should flush the toilet with the lid down : Experts warn the killer coronavirus may spread through 'aerosolized faeces'. ' Toilet plume' is when aerosols are stirred up by the flush and released into air. But studies showing that this leads to people catching disease are weak.

G. Dwyer Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, told Forbes there’s one “very easy way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus : “Close The researcher of this study, Alvin Lai said that “covering the toilet lid while flushing is definitely essential, but it should not be considered a

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Experts have urged the public to flush the toilet with lid down to help ward off the coronavirus.

The previously-unknown strain mainly spreads face-to-face via infected droplets expelled in a cough or sneeze, however, there is evidence it is also transmitted in faeces.

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They said it is also useful to determine if sewage surveillance could be used to monitor the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 in our communities. Social distancing is a term used by health authorities to help slow the spread of coronavirus by keeping an appropriate distance between people.

Other experts have claimed similar coronaviruses also induce immunity for around three months - the UK is braced for a second wave of cases this winter. Some researchers believe this is down to unreliable tests and are optimistic that people can become immune to the virus, called SARS-CoV-2.

Recent research found flushing a toilet releases up to 80,000 microscopic droplets into the air, which can float one metre (3.2ft) above the WC.

Scientists have previously warned of the risks of “toilet plume” in “the transmission of infectious diseases”.

One expert said closing the toilet lid before you flush is a “very easy way” to help stem the coronavirus outbreak.

Early research suggest the infection is mild in four out of five cases, however, it can trigger a respiratory disease called COVID-19.

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Since the outbreak was identified, more than one million cases have been confirmed, of whom over 221,600 have “recovered”, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Incidences have been plateauing in China since the end of February, and the US and Europe are now the worst-hit areas.

The UK has had more than 38,600 confirmed cases and over 2,900 deaths.

Globally, the death toll has exceeded 55,100.

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Coronavirus: Does it spread in faeces?

Fears the coronavirus may spread via faecal matter arose in mid-February when two people living 10 floors apart in the same Hong Kong apartment block were diagnosed.

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With all that flushing , you might think toilet bowl germs are regularly getting swept to the sewers. “When this happens, any microbes deposited into said toilet may be sent into the surrounding If “ lid down ” isn’t your normal routine or you fear it’ll take a while before muscle memory kicks in, here are

Officials later found an unsealed pipe in one of the patient’s bathroom, which could have allowed the virus into her flat.

The coronavirus is one of seven strains of a virus class that are known to infect humans.

Others trigger the common cold, while one leads to severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), which killed 774 people during its 2002/3 outbreak.

The new coronavirus is said to be more genetically similar to Sars than any other strain of that class.

In 2003, 342 people were diagnosed with Sars, of whom 42 died, in a 50-storey apartment block in Hong Kong.

The World Health Organization concluded “inadequate plumbing” was a “likely contributor”.

“Virus rich excreta” was thought to have “re-entered residents’ apartments” via “sewage and drainage systems where there were strong upward air flows, inadequate ‘traps’ and non-functional water seals”.

While the coronavirus may shed in human waste, some experts have questioned whether these traces are infectious.

“It isn’t a very pleasant thought, but every time you swallow, you swallow mucus from your upper respiratory tract,” said Dr John Edmunds from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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“This sweeps viruses and bacteria down into our gut, where they are denatured in the acid conditions of our stomach.

“With modern, very highly sensitive detection mechanisms we can detect these viruses in faeces.

“Usually, viruses we can detect in this way are not infectious to others, as they have been destroyed by our guts.”

Unlike with Sars, diarrhoea is not a common symptom of the new coronavirus, suggesting human waste is not a main route of transmission.

Coronavirus: Could flushing with the toilet lid down help stem the spread of infection?

Professor Qingyan Chen from Purdue University told Forbes there’s one “very easy way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Close the lid and then flush.”

He claimed this prevents up to 80% of the particles that would otherwise escape from human waste into the air.

Boris Johnson has enforced draconian measures that require Britons to stay in their home, leaving only for “very limited purposes”, like shopping for essentials.

Anyone with the tell-tale fever or cough has been told to self-isolate entirely for seven days, while other members of their household must do so for two weeks.

Professor Chen recommended waiting one-to-two minutes after somebody else uses the toilet.

Official government guidelines urge suspected patients to have their own designated bathroom, if possible.

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While not specifically looking at the coronavirus, scientists from the City University of Hong Kong found a flushed toilet can release up to 80,000 infectious droplets into the air, depending on the flush mechanism.

Lead author Professor Alvin Lai Chi-keung recommended people close their toilet lid before flushing to ward off infections, but stressed this will not give “complete prevention” against the coronavirus.

He warned particles from human waste may “stick” to a closed toilet lid and be released when it is lifted.

Stressing the importance of extractor fans, Professor Chi-keung told the South China Morning Post 87% of airborne pathogens could be removed from a bathroom if a fan was left on for 15 minutes.

Half-flushes, if possible, may also limit the droplets expelled into the air, the scientists added.

In 2015, scientists from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City reviewed the evidence for “toilet plume”.

They called for further research, but concluded: “Contaminated toilets have been clearly shown to produce large droplet and droplet nuclei bioaerosols during flushing.

“Research suggests this toilet plume could play an important role in the transmission of infectious diseases for which the pathogen is shed in faeces”.

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What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus tends to cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and slight breathlessness.

As well as coughs, sneezes and faeces, there is also evidence it can survive on surfaces.

In severe cases, pneumonia can come about if the infection spreads to the air sacs in the lungs.

This causes them to become inflamed and filled with fluid or pus.

The lungs then struggle to draw in air, resulting in reduced oxygen in the bloodstream and a build-up of carbon dioxide.

The coronavirus has no “set” treatment, with most patients naturally fighting off the infection.

Those requiring hospitalisation are offered “supportive care”, like ventilation, while their immune system gets to work.

Officials urge people ward off the coronavirus by washing their hands regularly and maintaining social distancing.

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© APA / AFP / SAM YEH / SAM YEH symbol image Stanford researchers show how an intelligent toilet could contribute to our health. Going to the toilet could also replace or prevent one (or more) visits to the doctor in the future. Researchers at Stanford University have described in a detailed study how a smart toilet that detects health problems could work. Study was published in the journal Nature .

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