Sunday 18 October 2020
At a time when the new virus is still eluding and baffling scientists and hunting more victims around the world, a recent study exploded a surprise about a method that is the first of its kind ever to spread Corona since the outbreak of the epidemic, according to what its supervisors believe.
This study was also based on a previous incident that occurred in China, where 6 people caught the virus from sewage water, according to Al-Arabiya.
According to the study, which was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, a bathroom tube that passed through the home of a couple infected with Corona in the southern region of Guangzhou, had a hole. And when it rained in the area, the hole flooded the streets with sewage water, which enabled the virus to infect nearby residents.
In addition, the research team, which included scientists from public health departments in China, took throat swabs from 2,888 people in a community in the city of Guangzhou during the outbreak of Corona, and collected samples from surfaces inside and around their homes. Then, the participants who were divided into two groups were asked to adhere to self-quarantine according to their proximity to the infected spouse.
After that, the researchers discovered that 6 other people were infected with the Coronavirus, even though they lived in a separate building next door and had not had contact with the first group in the study.
The importance of wastewater management
They also examined the genetic makeup of the corona samples in the infected people, and found that the viruses that were found in the toilet matched those that infected the six people, as well as with secondary cases that caught the virus through shoes and bicycle tires, according to the study.
In addition, the results highlight the importance of properly managing wastewater, especially in densely populated areas where hygiene and sanitation measures are poor, according to the study authors.
And recently, researchers said that sewage water could be an early indicator for detecting Corona outbreaks in a specific area.