Spitting in public is a bad habit, whether you are spitting due to any problem or just out of habit. Spitting in a public place indicates both lack of civic sense and poor awareness on hygiene practices. Coronavirus can be passed on from person to person via respiratory droplets. Spitting, along with coughing and sneezing, is considered as one of ways through which COVID-19 virus gets spread from one person to another. While spitting on road and public places was always an unsavoury and unhygienic act, this bad habit can get us into much more trouble now against backdrop of the ongoing novel coronovirus outbreak. Research has shown that there’s the risk of transmitting the deadly COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus from saliva or spits of an infected person. Coronavirus can be passed on from person to person via respiratory droplets.There is something else that gets very little or no emphasis – avoiding spitting in public. Like cough, spitting too, according to doctors and public health officials, can lead to spread of infections. There are many who use chewing tobacco and spit also posing specific dangers to themselves and hose around them. The tainted saliva can also send cancer agents into the lining of the stomach, esophagus and bladder. Saliva hosts a variety of diseases and infections. The habit of spitting by some section of the public has come under the scanner in the backdrop of COVID-19 infection. Droplets of mucus and saliva are often carriers of not just the coronavirus, but many others too and hence police department has come up with restrictions on spitting on the road.
Both smoking and spitting in places of public work or use and public service vehicles, mandates display of boards pinpointing that both are offences, and are punishable with fine. People should be made to feel that spitting is not good for them and others in their surroundings. This coincided with greater awareness of transmission of contagious diseases that could be spread by spitting. It is a filthy habit that can spread germs and cause health issues. Ulcers, cancers and spreading of disease are major considerations when talking about dangers of spitting. Mental issues, such as self image problems, can also become a contributing factor in developing a spitting habit.
From health perspective, spitting can spread infectious agents to others. Other diseases that are spread through saliva include TB, hepatitis, viral meningitis, cytomegalovirus – a common virus similar to the herpes virus – and the Epstein-Barr virus, which is a common herpes virus that causes many diseases such as glandular fever. Spit that carries such infections must penetrate the body somehow and reach the bloodstream such as via an open sore, mouth or even an eye, in order to become deadly. It is observed that most people find spitting a wholly obnoxious, filthy habit which can spread germs and causes health issues. It is to be remembered that when the risk of contracting COVID-19 virus from a few cough droplets has brought the world to a halt, spitting is now far worse and it could be an extraordinary threat to public health.
Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit