As the coronavirus continues to rock the world, claiming thousands of lives and increasing the number of infected persons, scientists at Stanford University have found that the disease could be transmitted through toilet water.
A recent research study has clinched evidence to suggest that the coronavirus, or at least its genome, can be excreted in faeces. Faecal exposure can become a way of transmission.
According to Alexandria Boehm, who led the research study, “It’s unlikely this could be a major transmission route, but a person could potentially be exposed by interacting with water contaminated with untreated faecal matter.”
Another member of the Stanford University research team, Krista Wigginton, said: “If we took a broader approach to study many kinds of viruses, we could better understand the characteristics driving their environmental fate.”
The rate at which coronavirus is spreading across the globe is alarming, with the death toll sitting at more than 24,000 deaths.
The killer disease coronavirus, also referred to as COVID_19 could simply be described as a virus that affects the lungs and breathing ways causing coughing, high temperature and shortness of breath.
The coronavirus which originated from China could have more severe cases show Pneumonia and death as expert still scrambles to know exactly how it spread from person to person since it is a news disease.
A report that was released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said it is understood that coronavirus spread mostly through person to person contact within a six-foot radius.
Staying close to someone becomes very risky as viral particles from the virus can be spread through coughing or sneezing, with the particles of the virus landing in the mouths or noses of someone very close.
The first clear way of contacting the killer disease is by touching a surface on which the virus has recently landed upon, and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, hence constant washing of hands was encouraged.
Although the CDC said this is a less common way of contracting the coronavirus. Studies also show that some variants of coronavirus can live on surfaces for more day 24 hours, but it’s still unclear if COVID-19 is one of such.