Coronavirus: Everything you need to know about sharing a washroom with people

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New Delhi : It is starting to seem like coronavirus is here to stay. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, everything around us has changed drastically. From our social interaction to the lifestyle we follow, everything has taken a u-turn as the coronavirus confirmed cases continue to rise at an insanely alarming rate. But we cannot sit at home fearing this virus and this is why the restrictions are being eased slowly and everything is starting to open up again, especially the economical activities. Sadly this highly contagious virus has no cure or vaccine and this is why our "new normal" is beginning to change. 

The only way to limit and control the spread is to avoid stepping out unnecessarily and practising social distancing as well as following the hygiene protocols like using a mask, sanitizer, gloves, etc. But now that the country is being unlocked, the chances of contracting this virus are even higher. We all have to get back to our lives while remaining careful but at the same time, the risk continues to rise. In the midst of this chaos, it's important to understand what steps should we take to avoid the risks. We know that this virus can spread when we come in close contact with an infected person through the droplets that spread in the air when they cough or sneeze but what happens when we share a washroom? 

Is there a possibility of faecal-oral transmission? As reported by Times of India, a study found that the risk of such transmission is low but this strain of coronavirus can survive in the faeces for nearly 33 days even after a person tests negative. This is why we need to be very careful while sharing a bathroom with someone else but there are going to be situations wherein this cannot be avoided. For people who work in an office and have to use a common toilet, there are some precautions and hygiene protocols that need to be followed. 

Ask your guests to use a washroom that you don't use much but if you have a single bathroom or have to share a bathroom with people at work, the best thing to do is to use a disinfectant spray or wipes to keep the washroom clean. Keep a hand sanitizer, tissues as well as a sanitizer spray in the toilet. Get rid of the towel that is kept to dry hands. Remember to close the lid of the toilet when you flush. Try using a mask and gloves when you head to the washroom. Use a strong disinfectant to clean your bathroom and remember to wear gloves when you do it. Don't forget to clean and disinfect the things you use to clean your washroom. Use a floor cleaner as well and carry a toilet seat sanitizer with you at all times. Avoid using public toilets as much as possible.