Friday, 15 February 2013
Medway council to legislate against Public spitting
Now for the science part...
There is a slight risk of disease being passed this way.
Indeed disease like Flu, colds, streptococcus which can cause any number of diseases like Strep throat, cytomegalovirus, mononucleosis, and tuberculosis.
The odds are really stacked against the microbes though as once the saliva has left the body it begins to drop in temperature, encounters other assorted chemicals which can break them apart etc. and eventually the saliva evaporates leaving the microbes to the elements.
In the unlikely scenario that what is left of an infected culture being ingested it then needs to combat the mouth's natural defences.
There is a chance of contracting a nasty illness but it is infinitely small - like me being crowned king of Austria - it could happen but is extremely unlikely.
The fact is that mononucleosis and cytomegalovirus are diseases passed by kissing. The contact and passing of a larger body temperature culture is sufficient to overwhelm the mouth's defences.
Back to the political side.