Scientists carried out a study that concluded that COVID-19 can survive up to 25 days in various natural bodies of water.
After the outbreak of COVID-19 In China to be controlled, a group of scientists set out to investigate the possible routes of transmission of this virus.
Thus, one of the new forms of propagation they announced was through wastewater in rivers. Chinese experts, in fact, determined that the coronavirus could survive 3 weeks or more in the water.
This topic caused great interest to a group of scientists from Poland and Great Britain, so a team led by the scientist the Jamie Shutler University of Exeter conducted a series of experiments and studied sewage from 39 countries to determine if there was a risk of infection.
The results obtained confirmed the words of the Chinese experts. It turned out that this type of virus survives well in the aquatic environment. And this applies not only to rivers and lakes but also to seas and oceans.
This finding could speak of serious consequences on the transmission capacity of the COVID-19, the potential of shellfish and fish to spread it, the ecology of the coast, and the resurgence of the virus.
The research indicated that in countries with high cases of contagion, water with fecal residues can have doses greater than 100 copies of the pathogen in 100 milliliters of water.
A person drinking contaminated water could receive more than 468 copies of the new strain of coronavirus and thus increase their probability of contagion.
Scientists discover that COVID-19 can survive up to 25 days in the water
On the other hand, something that has also worried environmentalists is that recipients ACE2 of cetaceans are similar to those of humans. Which means that whales could catch the virus too.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet made any official statement that the SARS-CoV-2 stays in the water, even in the sewage.
However, it continues to review ongoing research into the ways the virus spreads.
What is a fact is that contaminated water contains a large number of viruses and bacteria that can seriously make people sick. So we must be very careful to ingest only drinking water, as well as properly wash fruits and vegetables.