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Ministers ‘fear coronavirus could be spread by farting in a confined space’


Some UK Government ministers have privately expressed concerns that coronavirus could be spread through farting, it is claimed.

They have pointed to evidence that suggests Covid-19 could be spread when an infected person breaks wind in a confined space such as a toilet.

Tests have revealed that the virus can be present in faecal matter, though the science on whether flatulence could spread Covid is not definitive.

One minister, who wasn’t named, told the Telegraph that they had read “credible-looking stuff on it” from other countries, and there had been evidence of a “genomical-linked tracing connection between two individuals from a [lavatory] cubicle in Australia”.

The minister said there were “well-documented cases of diseases spreading through waste pipes during lockdowns in Hong Kong when the U-bend had dried out”.

UK Government scientists have not produced a paper on the topic.

Another minister, who wasn’t named in the report, said “transmission and shedding is mostly taking place through the mouth and actually mainly the nose”, as Covid is a respiratory disease.

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