Scientists from the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that the bathroom can be a potentially dangerous place in an apartment where a coronavirus can be found.
Bloomberg writes about this. According to their version, this suggests that the virus, like the pathogen that causes SARS, can spread through sewer pipes. They found SARS-CoV-2 on a sink, faucet and shower handle in a long-empty apartment in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.
It is noteworthy that right under this apartment lives a family whose members confirmed COVID-19 the day before.
So, experts planned to find out whether the virus with the help of air microparticles can spread during flushing the toilet. As a result, SARS-CoV-2 was found in bathrooms that were 10 and 12 floors higher than where the experiment was conducted.
Lydia Moravska, director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health at the University of Technology in Queensland, stressed that without enough water, sewage gases can sometimes rise through pipes.
«This is because solids and liquids run down the networks, and sewage gases, often detected by smell, sometimes rise up the pipes due to a lack of enough water,» she said.
The scientists added that these studies are reminiscent of the most powerful SARS outbreak in China. In 2003, 329 people became infected at Hong Kong’s Amoy Gardens, 42 of whom died. The cause of such a massive and rapid infection was faulty sewer pipes, through which the infection spread.