Bizarre Coronavirus Transmission Method Under Review – Flatulence

Bizarre Coronavirus Transmission Method Under Review – Flatulence

We’ve already presented you with a report on how SARS-CoV-2 can spread via aerosolized feces. Now it’s time to talk about another bizarre coronavirus transmission method – flatulence. This one is still under review, and it was presented by two Australian doctors.

According to Dr. Norman Swan, producer and host of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Coronacast” podcast, particles of feces spread via flatulence can transmit the new coronavirus.

“No bare-bottom farting. Luckily, we wear a mask, which covers our farts all the time. I think that what we should do in terms of social distancing and being safe is that you don’t fart close to other people and that you don’t fart with your bottom bare,” said Dr. Swan, amused.

But Dr. Norman Swan is not the only Australian doctor to think about this weird coronavirus transmission method. Dr. Andy Tagg also raised the question on Twitter:

This weird coronavirus transmission method has a shallow scientific explanation

As a recent study explained, aerosolized feces might indeed be a way of transmitting COVID-19. But, the research behind flatulence link to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is low, as Dr. Tagg highlighted.

However, the way for the coronavirus spreading proposed by the two Australian doctors, Tagg and Swan, ignited the curiosity of some scientists. Even more, there might be some science behind those affirmations.

“Studies have clearly shown that a significant percentage of COVID-19 patients do have gastrointestinal symptoms (alone, or in combination with respiratory or other general symptoms) at the time of illness presentation,” said Dr. Aron Glatt from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, via an email sent to the New York Post.

Dr. Glatt, too, added that there is no research that proves that flatulence is a coronavirus transmission method. Although this one sounds amusing, Dr. Tagg continued on Twitter with news and some tips:


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