The Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment emphasized that coronavirus, found in wastewater in several cities, poses a danger to employees providing sewage – they were called on to use personal protective equipment and good hygiene. The authorities assured that there are no threats to local residents.
The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) detected the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the wastewater of the cities of Tilburg, Amsterdam and Lon op Zand, the organization’s website reported March 25.
Sampling for samples was carried out from February 17. According to RIVM, the genetic material of the coronavirus was discovered in early March – shortly after the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded in these cities.
The institute said that coronavirus poses a potential danger only to employees working in sewage treatment plants if they do not use personal protective equipment or hygiene.
According to AD, the coronavirus in wastewater does not pose an additional threat to the inhabitants of the Netherlands – the virus dies as a result of purification, like other pathogens.
The World Health Organization website says that the risk of contracting through the feces of a patient with COVID-19 is “apparently low.” The organization notes that such a distribution path is not characteristic of this epidemic. “But since this risk exists – this is another reason to wash your hands regularly after using the toilet,” the WHO emphasizes.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to American Johns Hopkins University, on March 25, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 430 thousand, of which more than 111 thousand recovered, and 19 675 died.
In the Netherlands, more than 5.5 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, 277 people died.