Toilets – the source of viruses
The goal of good toilet hygiene is minimizing the potential for pathogen transmission. Control of odours is also socially important and believed to be a societal measure of cleanliness. Understanding the need for good cleaning and disinfecting is even more important today considering the potential spread of emerging pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 virus. While the flush toilet was a major advancement in achieving these objectives, exposure to pathogens can occur from failure to clean and disinfect areas within a restroom, as well as poor hand hygiene. The build-up of biofilm within a toilet bowl/urinal including sink can result in the persistence of pathogens and odours. During flushing, pathogens can be ejected from the toilet bowl/urinal/sink and be transmitted by inhalation and contaminated fomites.
We made short notice about research and full article link is below.
•Viruses were found
- In 78 % of surface samples
- In 62 % of flush handle samples
- In 52 %of lid samples
- In 59 % of toilet seat ring samples
- In 66 % of door handle samples
- In 81 % of air samples
- In 89 % of bowl water samples
•If the lid is up when flushing
- Microbes can be found 0-25 cm above the toilet seat ring and 0-15 cm around the toilet seat
•The origin of many infections has proved to be a toilet, caused by e.g.
- In a seeded toilet experiment salmonella was found in bowl water after 5 days and isolated from the biofilm below the water line in the bowl for up to 50 days