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Close the lid when flushing

4th January 2012

Closing the lavatory lid before flushing could have an impact on the spread of disease, according to Professor Mark Wilcox, Clinical Director of Microbiology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

He said leaving the lid up can allow a cloud of bacteria to explode into the air, settling on nearby surfaces and increasing the risk of viruses like the winter vomiting bug spreading. The findings from Professor Wilcox and colleagues from Leeds University follow a study to see how using a toilet lid could affect the spread of disease, specifically in hospitals.


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Article Information

Title: Close the lid when flushing
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20697
Date Added: 4th Jan 2012


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