COVID-19: Could wastewater be a new way of Coronavirus transmission? One study says so

By: |
May 7, 2020 6:26 PM

New way of Coronavirus transmission! Experts, government officials, all have been focused on preventing human-to-human transmission of the novel Coronavirus. Meanwhile, a new theory has surfaced.

Coronavirus has been found in human faeces even after 33 days after the patient has been tested negative/ recovered.

COVID-19: New way of Coronavirus transmission! Experts, government officials, all have been focused on preventing human-to-human transmission of the novel Coronavirus. Meanwhile, a new theory has surfaced that claims that the virus can also spread via wastewater, the IE reported. According to the report, a paper by Richard Quilliam of the University of Stirling, UK revealed that the sewage system has a potential to transmit the deadly virus. The report further said that Professor Quilliam as well as his colleagues from Stirling’s Faculty of Natural Sciences are asking for “an investment of resources” so they can investigate their concerns.

Prof Quilliam has mentioned that the Covid-19 is spread through droplets from sneezes and coughs or via objects that may carry the COVID-19 infection. However, the virus has been found in human faeces even after 33 days after the patient has been tested negative/ recovered. While transmission via faecal route is yet to be proved but he stressed that viral shedding from the digestive system can take a longer duration than shedding from the respiratory tract. This led the experts to consider this possibility an important path for Coronavirus exposure even though it is not quantified yet.

The report further stated that during the SARS outbreak in 2002-03, viral residues were found in sewage discharge by two hospitals in China. It is to note that the virus SARS-CoV1 has been much similar to that of SARS-CoV2 (what we are facing right now). The report underlined that since many people are still asymptomatic and are their homes, the virus can possibly spread via sewer distribution systems.

It added that the risk is even high in areas where open defecation is still performed or at places where the safety of sanitation systems are limited. It can also affect places where waterways are also used as open sewers and domestic purposes.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1Covid-19: Downward trend in Delhi’s Coronavirus positivity rate in last few days, says health minister
2India overtakes US to bag top spot in terms of COVID-19 recoveries
3COVID-19: India’s single-day recovery more than new cases as record 95,880 recover; total cases cross 53 lakh