Excretion and detection of SARS coronavirus and its nucleic acid from digestive system (2005)

The aim of this study was to assess whether SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) could be excreted from the human digestive system. It was reported in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in 2005. Cell culture and semi-nested RT-PCR were used to detect SARS-CoV and its RNA from 21 stool and urine samples, and a kind of electropositiveContinue reading “Excretion and detection of SARS coronavirus and its nucleic acid from digestive system (2005)”

Study on the resistance of severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (2005)

The virus responsible for the 2002/03 coronavirus outbreak (SARS-CoV) was reported to be detected in faeces, urine and water. The inactivation of SARS-CoV in wastewater with chlorine-based disinfectants, sodium hypochlorite and chlorine dioxide was also studied. The researchers demonstrated that the virus could persist for 2 days in hospital wastewater, domestic sewage and dechlorinated tapContinue reading “Study on the resistance of severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (2005)”

Concentration and detection of SARS coronavirus in sewage from Xiao Tang Shan hospital and the 309th Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (2005)

A global outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) occurred in 2002/03. This outbreak was caused by the virus which became known as “SARS-CoV”. This is not the same virus as “SARS-CoV-2”, responsible for COVID-19, but it is a very close relative. As such, many of the studies undertaken to understand the fate of SARS-CoVContinue reading “Concentration and detection of SARS coronavirus in sewage from Xiao Tang Shan hospital and the 309th Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (2005)”

Water Services Association of Australia – Fact Sheet: COVID-19

The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) are a peak industry body for the Australian water industry, with members comprising mainly medium to large water utilities in Australia. WSAA produced a Fact Sheet on 11 March 2020 to answer some commonly asked questions from the community. The questions answered were: Can I catch COVID-19 fromContinue reading “Water Services Association of Australia – Fact Sheet: COVID-19”

Advice from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

The US EPA has a webpage dedicated to providing important information regarding “Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater“. As of 23 March 2020, the questions addressed on that web page are: Is drinking tap water safe? Do I need to boil my drinking water? Is tap water safe to use for hand washing? What shouldContinue reading “Advice from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)”

Advice from the World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a technical brief on “Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19” on 3 March 2020. It was then updated in 19 March 2020, with the updated version available here. This technical brief is written, in particular, for water and sanitation practitioners and providers. It is also for healthContinue reading “Advice from the World Health Organization (WHO)”