Scientists have found research that suggests a new way for COVID-19 to spread.
A recently published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the key to killing most viruses is simply by cleaning your surrounding surfaces and floors routinely. In that study that included three coronavirus patients in Singapore, samples taken from the toilet bowls and sinks in the patients' rooms were tested as positive for the virus. Meaning, the toilet was one of the most contaminated areas. Which leads to another study done by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In that study, researchers found that virus particles could be found in coronavirus patients' poop or blood even if it was previously undetected. In fact, China's National Health Commission has confirmed that the virus can spread through contaminated poop, according to the South China Morning Post.
How does it spread in poop?
Apparently some people don't wash their hands after using the toilet. A multi-national public opinion poll by Harris Interactive and RB recently surveyed an increase in positive hygiene behavior amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Out of the 11 countries surveyed, there has been an increased in prevention methods, most notably washing your hands after using the restroom. The results? Malaysia with the highest level of increased hand-washing (76 percent), followed by Thailand (75 percent), China (74 percent), Japan (60 percent), and India (58 percent), according to PR Newswire. British and German respondents were the least concerned about the virus, only reporting an increase in handwashing of 35 percent and 40 percent, respectively. "This survey shows that while concern about the novel coronavirus is high, it is encouraging to see that people are already adapting their hygiene behaviours such as handwashing," Lisa Ackerley, a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and Hygiene Expert, said. That's right. People are only just starting to wash their hands more frequently. What they were doing previously we honestly don't want to know.