Friday, January 6, 2012

Fun Friendly Phobic Fact Friday!

Is it just me, or has EVERYBODY come down with a stomach bug this winter? That's all I hear about on Facebook. "So-and-so is barfing all over. Oh wait, now so is his brother. Shit, the husband has it now! ERRRBODY'S PUKING!!" My Facebook newsfeed is awash in vomit and diarrhea. Every day. (Seriously, do you feel the need to inform your long-lost classmates and your Auntie May that you are experiencing ass-pee? WTF.)

Then I read this. Found this gem courtesy of my BFF Mandi:

Researchers have discovered that closing the toilet lid before you flush could prevent the norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, from spreading. 

Scientists from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust found that leaving the lavatory lid up when you flush the toilet causes a cloud of bacteria to explode into the air and settle on nearby surfaces. 
This increases the risk of viruses such as the winter vomiting bug and hospital superbugs transmitting from one person to another. 
The researchers tested a range of hospital toilets to see whether leaving the toilet seat up or down has any impact on the stomach bug spreading. 
They used a sterilised toilet and created a 'diarrhoea effect' in it using stool samples deliberately infected with the superbug C. difficile. 
Researchers found when the toilet lid was left open, the superbug was transported 10 inches above and on the toilet seat, plus a smaller amount was detected in the air up to 90 minutes later.
When the lid was put down while flushing, the bug could reach through the gap of the lid but there was a significantly lower level of it in the air. There was also no C. difficile recovered on nearby surfaces. 
Ironically, most hospital toilets do not have toilet lids in a bid to stop cross-contamination when handling the seat. The study is urging hospitals to provide patients with the superbug with a toilet that has a lid. 
"This contains smells and droplets that can become aerolised. Some bugs spread more easily to surfaces this way 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, told the Daily Mail. 
The norovirus has hit the headlines on numerous occasions this winter, with there being 46 suspected cases in under 2 weeks, causing double the amount of hospital bed closures and followed by scientists' claims that they may have found a cure. 
If you're worried about catching the norovirus. although there is no treatment for the illness the NHS recommends taking the following precautions to help prevent the norovirus spreading:


Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.


Avoid sharing flannels and towels with anyone who has had or has the superbug, or anyone who may be exposed to it in any way. 


Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. Wash the items separately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.


Keep the toilet and surrounding area clean and disinfected to avoid any cross-contamination.


Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce and only eat oyster from a reliable source. Note that oysters are known to carry the virus.


  1. i've never understood why people don't put the lid down all the time unless their rear is planted on the seat. i don't want to see what's in there, so i close the lid behind me as i stand up. tmi? i don't care, it's a great way to keep it closed and cleaner and out of sight.

  2. Yeah, I don't get it either. First of all, it's just plain ugly to walk into someone's bathroom and see the toilet lid up. But there are so many health reasons to close the lid, too; namely, who wants shit germs on their toothbrush??

  3. The worst part is when you flush a public (no lid) toilet and it fucking SPLASHES YOU. Talk about nasty.

  4. AH MAH GAHD CHES. Gross. Or when you're sitting on a toilet that has an auto-flush, and it flushes before you're done. All those bum-bum germs spraying up on your own tush. D:

  5. However, when in New Orleans, trying Drago's Famous Chargrilled oysters is totes okay, because they's been ON FI-YAH, YO:

    And they're delicious.

  6. I just found this blog and I LOVE IT! It speaks to my germophobic heart - and gives me hope that I can indeed raise children...I have been reading vomit updates since December and I'm over it! Keep it to yourself people!!! I'm glad I'm not the only reading it on Facebook and wishing people wouldn't share so much!