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COVID-19 could be spreading across the atmosphere through farts – doctors

by Apr 21, 2020Lifestyle0 comments

COVID-19 could be spreading across the atmosphere through farts - doctors
COVID-19 could be spreading across the atmosphere through farts – doctors

The deadly coronavirus irritate could be spreading across the planet through farts, according to doctors.

Tests carried out earlier this year have shown that the virus was present in the faeces of more than half of patients with Covid-19.

And doctors have previously warned farts contain tiny poo particles that can spread bacteria.

They said more research needed to be done to rule out passing the disease on to people through omitting bodily gasses.

Doctor Xander Van, who presented CBBC series Operation Ouch as well as appearing on a string of documentaries, raised the issue on social media.

He highlighted work by Australian doctor Andy Tagg which he called “an enjoyable thread about whether farting can cause coronavirus”.

In his findings Dr Tagg cited tests carried out earlier this year which showed 55% of patients with SARS-CoV-2 had it present in their poo.

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He said: “Well, SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in faeces and has been detected in an asymptomatic individual up to 17 days post-exposure.”

The doctor added that previous tests have shown farts have the power to spray talcolm powder long distances.

In 2001 Australian doctor Karl Kruszelnicki and microbiologist Luke Tennent carried out an experiment to see if farts could spread disease.

Dr Tennent asked a colleague to pass wind directly into two Petri dishes from a distance of five centimeters – first while wearing pants, and then without.

COVID-19 could be spreading across the atmosphere through farts - doctors
COVID-19 could be spreading across the atmosphere through farts – doctors

He found that the first Petri dish stayed clean, while the second one sprouted bacteria overnight, but added the bacteria found in the test was not harmful.

Earlier this year China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) revealed that boxers should be an effective barrier against farts that might carry the novel COVID-19. Read Here

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