Water environment and the detection, presence and persistence of coronaviruses (search done on 20 April 2020)

Added August 8, 2020

Citation: Carducci A, Federigi I, Liu D, et al. Making Waves: Coronavirus detection, presence and persistence in the water environment: State of the art and knowledge needs for public health. Water Research. 2020 Jul 15;179:115907.

What is this? Information is needed on whether the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted via the water environment when seeking to prevent COVID-19.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies on coronavirus (SARS, MERS and SARS-CoV-2) in the water environment. They did not restrict their searches by data of publication and did the search on 20 April 2020. They included 22 studies, which were from Asia (4 studies), Australia (1), Europe (4) and North America (13).

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies suggested the potential for secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via the water cycle.

At the time of this review, the included studies noted a lack of information on the presence and persistence of coronavirus in the water environment.

 

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