Dr Norman Swan is a long time respected and popular science journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Commission. I have listened to his informative programs for over thirty years. Tegan Taylor is a health and science journalist in the ABC Science Unit and during her current show, Coronacast, she quizzed Norman about a compelling transmission concern involving Covid 19.
Tegan Taylor: A final question from an audience member for you today, this is David with a hard-hitting question; if the virus can turn up in faeces, does that mean that farts could be a transmission route?
Norman Swan: You get really intelligent, pointed questions on Coronacast and this is no doubt one of them. Well, luckily we wear a mask which covers our farts all the time, so I think that even if it were to…I think that what we should do in terms of social distancing and being safe is that a policy on the part of the entire Australian population should be that you don't fart close to other people, and that you don't fart with your bottom bare.
Tegan Taylor: This is excellent advice from Dr Swan. Thank you so much for clearing that up.
Norman Swan: Yep, science-based, this is hard-core evidence here we're talking about.
Tegan Taylor: No bare bottoms.
Norman Swan: No bare-bottom farting.
Mmmm...I think I'm going to have to get some cork stoppers to go with my hand sanitiser and masks just to be sure.
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