A toilet is a place where we can experience comfort and convenience, especially during unexpected moments. Unfortunately, experts say this could also become a haven where a lot of bacteria, fungi, and viruses can reside, causing dangers and risks to one's body and life.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PUBLIC RESTROOMS AND CORONAVIRUS TRANSMISSION?
1. THE SURFACES
Experts say the most possible way of transmitting the coronavirus is through direct contact with those who were tested positive and being exposed to his body fluids, such as saliva and sweat. But, did you know that the virus can stay on surfaces too?
The coronavirus can also indirectly transfer from one person to another through surfaces and objects such as doorknobs, tables, floors, and doors, as revealed by WebMD. This happens once an infected person touches a surface, unknowingly leaving the virus behind. As another person touches the object or surface, the virus is then transferred to his hand, which could get inside his body once he touched his eyes, nose, and mouth.
2. THE AIR
Have you ever wondered what happens whenever you flush the toilet? Did you know that once you flush out your waste, all the swirling and splashing that happens inside it can cause tiny particles from your waste to be released directly into the air?
Health experts say, aside from body fluids released by the body, the coronavirus can also be released through fecal waste. With this, once a person infected by the virus release his waste and flush it in the toilet, the virus will then be spread out into the air. Worst is it could even stay there for hours, as reported by The Conversation.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS WHEN USING THE RESTROOM?
Since a lot of people are visiting public restrooms, the surfaces and air inside the room can be at great risk of harboring the coronavirus. Given this reason, several things are needed to follow to at least keep yourself protected from it.
First thing is to make sure your hands are properly sanitized after using the restroom. Do that by washing your hands with soap and clean water for 20 seconds. If you don't have soap with you, you can use your hand sanitizer or alcohol instead.
Another important thing to remember is to limit your stay inside the room. It could, also, help if you wear your proper protecting gear such as your face mask and face shield all the time. Furthermore, not touching your face can also make a difference.