The simple act of closing the toilet lid may help prevent the stomach flu from spreading in your house. Scientists from the UK have discovered that flushing with the toilet lid down acts as a shield against the spread of germs such as Clostridium difficile and the virus that causes the stomach flu, norovirus. Researchers found when the toilet lid was left open, bacteria were transported 10 inches above the toilet seat, onto the seat, and a smaller amount was detected in the air up to an hour and half later. “Some bugs spread more easily to surfaces … and the norovirus is thought to be one of them. Our advice – put down the lid if it’s there and wash your hands afterwards,” professor Mark Wilcox, Clinical Director of Microbiology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals comments.
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