Royce Shook in Lifestyle, beBee in English, Healthy Living President • The Wilson Centre Seniors Advisory Association Mar 24, 2020 · 1 min read · +500

Can farts spread COVID-19?

I sometimes wonder about people. Some of us ask the strangest questions and the title to this blog is a very strange question. It seems that our scientist will go to any length to uncover the facts that most of us would not even consider and we come up with ideas that seem to stretch your imagination. When I first saw the question, I laughed, but don't you laugh,  the question and the answer are not necessarily very funny. As the Global Times reported:

”In a lengthy and seemingly humorous yet serious article on its WeChat account, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of Tongzhou district in Beijing clarified that farts, normally, do not constitute another transmission route of COVID-19, unless someone takes a good and rather close sniff of gas from a pantless patient.”

Earlier this year, a Beijing district office for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that pants should be an effective barrier against farts that might carry the novel coronavirus. So, to avoid spreading COVID-19, practice responsible physical distancing—and avoid farting naked around other people. This is good advice and which is honestly a good rule of etiquette for life in general.

So as long as someone farting is wearing pants, there is no danger of transmitting the COVID-19, our scientists tell us. I'm pretty sure this is not a joke. If you want to follow up on this story there is more at Mental Floss and Global Times.

Can farts spread COVID-19?

My thanks to Ronnie over at Time Goes By for this story.


Ken Boddie Mar 28, 2020 · #4

Robert Burns opened the fart floodgates furthest when he advised,
“Where e’r ye be,
Let yer air blaw free.”
Personally I reckon there are too many variables to generalise whether or not there’s a safe non-transmission distance, such as:
• Is the farter wearing undies?
• Is the fart ‘loud but harmless’ or ‘silent but deadly’?
• Does the fart let rip for more than nona’s 5 second rule?
Perhaps the last word should come from Jack Nicholson’s character in The Bucket List,
“Never trust a wet fart!”
🤭🥺🤢

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John Rylance Mar 26, 2020 · #3

There is in the UK a phrase.
Like a fart in a colender.
Which is used to say something or somebody is useless.

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Royce Shook Mar 25, 2020 · #2

#1 Good questions all the scientists say is pants so I assume it means skirts and kilts

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Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris Mar 25, 2020 · #1

I have some follow-up questions. What about skirts or kilts? Are they effective in preventing the spread of the virus? Also, what length of a skirt constitutes sufficient protection? :-)

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