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Do we need to disinfect toilet to prevent coronavirus?

By Li Yang and Ma Chi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-03-15 07:30
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As the virus has been found in the fecal samples of some patients, many people worry about the transmission of the novel coronavirus through toilet at their homes.

At present, the novel coronavirus is mainly transmitted through respiratory droplets or physical contacts with an infected person. Aerosol and fecal-oral transmissions are not the major routes of spreading.

Aerosol transmission, in which the virus is spread after mixing with fine solid or liquid particles floating in the air, occurs in only extreme conditions - when people stay in a confined space for a long time and are exposed to high concentrations of aerosol, such as in health facilities. In a well-ventilated environment, the risk of aerosol infection is very low.

Therefore, disinfection of the toilet is not needed if there are no confirmed or suspected patients at home. Recommended measures include sealing the toilet drain, covering the toilet when flushing, and improving ventilation and sanitary conditions.

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