Since Coronavirus COVID-19 has now spread like wildfire all over the world, most health experts advise that everyone should practice proper hygiene, healthy lifestyle, and regular washing of hands-- especially if you entered a public place. Studies found out recently that even the everyday normal routine of taking a dump or pooping can transmit the virus, and it's more dangerous when you do it inside a men's bathroom. But why?
COVID-19 can get you more likely if you're inside men's public bathroom
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First reported on Business Insider, viruses like Coronavirus can also be spread through poop particles. When doctors examined three COVID-19-positive patients in Singapore, they found out that samples from their used toilet bowls and sinks in their isolation rooms were identified with the same virus. Not only that, researchers at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, also found Coronavirus particles in the patients' stools.
South China Morning Post confirmed this claim and said that even poop of the infected Coronavirus victims might contain the said virus once airborne particles of the poop get on the nose or get inhaled by an unaffected person.
"Stool samples may contaminate hands, food, water, etc., then cause infection if the particles enter a person's mouth, nose, or eyes. For example, an infected patient could use the bathroom, forget to wash their hands, or give only a cursory rinse, then touch a friend's hand. That friend could then rub their face and get a virus. In medicine, this is known as fecal-oral transmission," written by the Chinese CDC.
Why men more likely get Coronavirus with this dirty everyday routine
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Now that we know that even dumping can get you infected with Coronavirus, another study links a factor that can get the pooping claim into worse scenario-- and it starts on men's improper hygiene pattern.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found out on their research that "only 31% of men and 65% of women washed their hands" after using a public restroom.
Health experts advised that whenever using a public bathroom, there are a lot of factors that may get you the virus-- poop, for example. Due to this, everyone-- especially men-- needs to observe proper hygiene behavior like washing hands regularly and properly.
Unfortunately, the study found only 14.6% of men did not wash their hands at all after using the bathroom, and 35.1% of them wet their hands but did not use soap. Meanwhile, compared to opposite gender, 7.1 % of women wash their hands at all using the bathroom while 15.1 of women wet their hands but did not soap.
Not to generalize, but these studies meant that using public bathrooms, especially men's, raises the possibility of having the virus. Quite a reminder that we all need to wash our hands regularly and adequately.