With COVID-19, you want to place barriers between you and the coronavirus at every possible source. That includes masks, physical distance … and toilet lids? It’s clear that respiratory droplets containing COVID-19 particles can transmit through coughing, sneezing and even talking or singing. It’s possible that gastric secretions – from stool or diarrhea – containing active virus can spread COVID-19, as well.
Fecal-oral spread means coronavirus-infected stool or diarrhea coming into contact with a person’s mouth. It’s being evaluated as a potential risk by researchers. Toilet plumes containing aerosolized coronavirus, released by flushing and lingering in the air or possibly landing on surfaces, may pose another concern.
Scientists are currently investigating these areas for their potential to spread COVID-19 from virus in stool:
- Gastrointestinal shedding or release of active coronavirus through feces.
- Fecal-oral transmission through inadequate hand-washing.
- Aerosolized virus released into the air by toilet plumes.