Could rivers be carrying coronavirus from sewage works?

“Coronaviruses have been recovered in faeces and have been shown to be infectious from wastewater,” said Andrew Singer, senior scientist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. But it is “uncertain whether the virus can survive and infect after many hours, which is what would be needed for the wastewater to enter the environment”, he told ENDS.

by Rachel Salvidge
Wastewater could contain Covid-19 but it is not clear whether it could pose a risk. Photograph: Mihail Miheev/EyeEm/Getty Images
Wastewater could contain Covid-19 but it is not clear whether it could pose a risk. Photograph: Mihail Miheev/EyeEm/Getty Images

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