According tomedia BGR reported that we now know that the new coronavirus is the main transmission through the air. Droplets produced by an infected person when coughing or sneezing can carry the virus. A healthy person who inhales these droplets, or comes into contact with contaminated surfaces, and then wipes his eyes, nose or mouth, can easily become infected. But what happens when the new coronavirus gets into the water?
There is little reliable research on neo-coronaviruses and their interactions with water, but as Forbes points out, studies of neo-coronavirus concentrations in sewage give us a general understanding of the risks of this route of transmission. A study published more than a decade ago in Water Research focused on THE analysis of SARS, a disease caused by different types of coronaviruses, and two other coronaviruses to determine how long they survive in water. The researchers determined that the viruses were powerful even after “days to weeks” soaked in water and sewage.
This in itself may sound scary, but the point is that the water or sewage containing the virus is not necessarily dangerous in itself. Instead, these liquids are not hazardous to the public until they are aerosolized. In addition, the actual number of viruses in any water source plays a significant role in the possibility of new infections. Swimming in a pool does not mean that the pool is now a hot spot for the new coronavirus, especially if it has been properly chlorinated, it will kill the virus completely.
That doesn’t mean we should pay too much attention to our water sources. Guidance issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the risk of water supply is low and there is no reason to believe that drinking water can be a means of transmission. Those at the greatest risk of contracting the coronavirus through water are those who treat sewage. The CDC says the “standard practices” already used by sewage workers should be sufficient to protect them from infection.