The coronavirus epidemic has opened the eyes of many people to the current state of the world. In particular, it has highlighted the need for clean water. The most effective way to prevent coronavirus infections is to wash your hands with soap and clean water, but what about people who don’t have access to clean water? What about the potential for coronavirus to survive in dirty water in sewage systems and homes?
It was discovered early on in the pandemic that people were accidentally spreading coronavirus by dumping it into the sewers as it lived in their feces. Further research showed that testing wastewater could be a sign of an imminent coronavirus outbreak. Testing sewage water offers faster results than medical testing when it comes to predicting outbreaks.
The Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs in the UK has set up coronavirus testing at 44 sites to keep an eye on how the virus is spreading through sewage systems. The government is working with water companies and scientists to get a better idea of the situation.
One thing we can say for sure is that the threat of the coronavirus spreading through wastewater is entirely possible. Scientists have already found it in drains. If someone were to wash their hands with corona-infected water, it would do nothing to stop them from getting the disease. If anything, it would make them more likely to catch it as they believe themselves safe.
It’s important to take steps now to prevent problems in the future. For now, the government is looking for trends to see if easing lockdown affects infection levels. The evidence suggests that a surge of the virus in wastewater is noticed earlier than a spike in the number of infected people, allowing for a faster response.
It has never been more important for homes and businesses to have clean running water to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Clean water is one of the best things you can have in general – it improves your overall health and wellbeing, mood promotes weight loss, and keeps your body functioning normally. Now, it could be the difference-maker in stopping the spread of Covid-19.
There are some problems to overcome with the idea of using wastewater to spot coronavirus spikes, such as how the virus behaves in water. Another issue is how many sampling sites governments should use to monitor the problem across a country. On a local level, though, when it comes to your home or place of business, there’s no denying the need for clean and healthy water – which begins with a healthy drainage and sewage system.
Antoniou Sewage Services can help you to understand the current health of your drainage system and how you can improve it. Some people are embarrassed to talk about wastewater and drainage, but not talking about it can be a serious mistake. Wastewater is a haven for all kinds of bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19.