The findings have led researchers to recommend people wear face masks while in public bathrooms.
Scientists in China found that COVID-19 particles from flushing a public urinal can shoot up to two feet in the air in less than 6 seconds. The study reported that the particles could potentially infect the person using the urinal.
This latest study comes after a team at Yangzhou University in China previously found that putting the toilet lid down before flushing may prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A computer model showed that flushing causes a cloud of little particles containing fecal matter to get sent nearly three feet into the air after using the toilet.
Not only is it possible for COVID-19 to potentially spread, but it’s also a breeding ground for other viruses such as norovirus, the researchers said.