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While a great deal of data regarding airborne transmission of coronavirus has been made available, waterborne transmission of the disease is less certain. Current indications are that water treatments available in the developed world can protect us against the viral strain currently infecting the planet. However, additional filtration certainly won't hurt and may protect against new strains that will likely develop over time.

Can Coronavirus Survive in Water

Drinking Water

As noted above, current filtration processes in drinking water production appear to be working. As of April of 2020, coronavirus has not been found indrinking water in the United States. Continued monitoring by municipalities is underway to confirm that conventional treatment of drinking water is preventing the spread of the virus in our drinking water. For those with special health concerns,this article contains additional data about the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from the infection.

Cleaning the Shared Space Around Your Water Source

In addition to increasing the purity of your drinking water with additional filtration, it's critical that you keep an eye on the areas around your drinking water supply.

In addition to increasing the purity of your drinking water with additional filtration, it's critical that you keep an eye on the areas around your drinking water supply. If you live alone and are healthy, your regular cleaning products will suffice around your sink to keep you safe. However, if someone in your house has the virus or has been exposed, it's a good idea toclean around your sinks with a mild bleach solution.

Use plenty of bubbly soap when washing your dishes to break down the coating on the virus and wash it down the sink. Finally, if someone in your household is carrying the virus, use as few dishes as possible, wash them with soapy water and dry them with paper towels to remove as much viral material as possible.

Recreational Water

Pools, spas and hot tubs treated with chlorine to reduce the spread of bacteria appear to be protected from coronavirus as well. When using the pool, avoid splashing water at another person as this can increase the risk of inhaling water droplets.

Wastewater

It's important to note that coronavirus has been found in the solid waste of those suffering from the illness. The risk of spreading the virus through fecal contact appears to be low. However, to reduce your risk of picking up any illness carried in fecal matter, it's critical that you learn towash your hands properly to reduce the risk of picking up an illness in a public restroom.

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Many viruses, including coronavirus, are protected by a lipid envelope. This layer of fat makes it easy for the virus to travel on your skin, on droplets of water and on fabrics. By applying soap to your hands, you break down this protective layer. Soap also makes your skin slippery, so the virus slides off your hands and down the drain.

The steps to proper handwashing are simple.

  • Turn on the water
  • Wet your hands
  • Apply liquid soap
  • Work up a lather for at least 20 seconds, covering every surface of your hands, both front and back
  • Rinse your hands
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel
  • Using the wet paper towel, turn off the water
  • Discard the paper towel

Wash your hands frequently. After using the restroom, before preparing food or eating, after caring for someone who's sick, and after touching an animal.

Water Temperature

Washing your hands in warm water is certainly more pleasant than cold water. That being said, water temperature can't kill coronavirus unless you can tolerate boiling water temperatures on your hands. The key to proper hand-washing and protecting yourself from the virus is the use of soap.

People should be aware that antibacterial soap isn't necessary to break down the coating on coronavirus. Any soap that foams and bubbles will break down the lipid layer and render the virus harmless. Soap, water, time and proper disposal of paper towels are your best defense.

Conclusion

Coronavirus is here and will likely be among us for a long stretch of time. Efforts to reduce the spread of the virus have met with mixed success, depending on where you live. To keep you and your loved ones safe, it's critical that everyone use plenty of soap and water. All shared spaces around any water supply must be cleaned regularly. Finally, if you are at special risk or have a serious health concern that would be exacerbated by the virus, consider additional quality water filtration of your water supply.

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