I've heard claims of airborne poop particles that fly into the air everytime one flushes a toilet. Here's some examples:
- HERE someone states that flushing the toilet "aerosolizes" water/poop into the air
- HERE is another article referencing such high flying particles
- HERE is a WebMD article featuring the same
The central quote from the last two is from Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of microbiology at University of Arizona in Tucson:
Polluted water vapor erupts out of the flushing toilet bowl and it can take several hours for these particles to finally settle — not to mention where.
Similarly, I've heard that hand dryers spew these particles out onto one's hands.
True? Worrisome? Also, I'd love any references as to the method of making the particles airborne if they do occur. I had the understanding that to aerosolize, one needed to overcome the cohesive forces of the material -- hence forcing them apart into small particles via strong jets of air vs. the nominal droplet size of the liquid.
I'm skeptical that a toilets have the power necessary to aerosolize, except for perhaps the "jet-powered" public toilets.