Possibility of catching COVID-19 from the neighbor’s toilet

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In wake of the 2003 SARS-CoV outbreak in Hong Kong, in which the virus spread through the pipes of an apartment, scientists are worried about the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via toilets and drain odors containing aerosols with virus. After several studies confirmed the presence of the viral RNA of SARS-CoV-2 in fecal samples, the testing of waste-water and drainage has been suggested by scientists globally especially in highly affected areas. A few studies have also found abundant coronavirus RNA in hospital bathrooms and suggested that flushing the toilet can spread the viral particles far above the toilet seat.

 

Source: Blog of Jocelyn Kaiser at Science Magazine; DOI:10.1126/science.abe6555 and Environmental International; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.106039; 2020)