It has been difficult leaving the house knowing there will be no public toilets available, especially when going for a drink on The Green or the sand dunes – however, this may be an issue that we have to live with for the rest of the year.
In the latest COVID-19 news, it has been reported that flushing the loo can spread the virus. It is a known fact that flushing the toilet creates a cloud of droplets in the bathroom air which can span up to a metre high – this cloud could contain the coronavirus.
Coronavirus particles have reportedly been found in the faeces of the infected. Physicists specialising in fluid dynamics have warned about the transmission method following these studies.
Investigators used precise computer models to stimulate water and air flows in a flushing toilet, resulting in a droplet cloud. The droplets are so small that they float in the air for more than a minute and fall upon other surfaces in the bathroom/WC. This cloud is also likely to be inhaled.
If the person who used and flushed the toilet has the coronavirus, the particles containing the virus may lay on the bathroom surfaces and be inhaled by the next toilet user. This is something that would be unavoidable in public toilets unless the virus was eradicated.
This new find could influence the reopening of pubs, bars, and restaurants across the UK, with customer toilets being too much of a transmission risk. It may also make you think twice about letting someone nip to your loo, and definitely encourage you to purchase a toothbrush case if it is anywhere near your toilet.