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On Tuesday (Feb. 11), officials said they had evacuated and quarantined more than 100 residents of an apartment building in Hong Kong's Tsing Yi area after a 62-year-old woman became the second person in the building to catch the new viral disease, now called COVID-19 (short for coronavirus disease 2019). She lived 10 floors below the first infected resident, raising the question of whether the virus could spread through the building infrastructure, such as through a pipe, The New York Times reported. Officials also found an unsealed pipe in the woman's bathroom.
Here's how that could happen: Typically, bathroom drains have a U-shaped trap that prevents fluids and odors from coming back up, but at Amoy Gardens, officials found that air would flow backward through the drains under certain circumstances, according to a Washington Post article published during the 2003 outbreak.
"When the bathroom was in use, with the door closed and the exhaust fan switched on, there could be negative pressure to extract contaminated droplets into the bathroom," Yeoh Eng-kiong, Hong Kong's secretary for health, welfare and food, said at the time, according to the Washington Post. "Contaminated droplets could then have been deposited on various surfaces such as floor mats, towels, toiletries and other bathroom equipment."
but is there a way to access the water once the water passes through treatment plants?
originally posted by: MRuss
a reply to: Aallanon
Is it possible to access the water after it’s been treated?
The virus has been shown to remain viable and infectious, at least temporarily, in natural freshwater environments including lakes and streams. While dilution is suspected to keep the risk low, high concentrations of the viable COVID-19 virus could put freshwater recreation users at risk. There is still no information on the ability of the COVID-19 virus to remain viable in saltwater, so it’s unclear if swimming at saltwater beaches elevates the risk of contracting COVID-19. However, communal spread is a serious issue so spending time at popular beaches, if in close contact to other beachgoers, will increase your risk.
originally posted by: Wide-Eyes
a reply to: hounddoghowlie
plus it is a well known fact that 50% or better bottled water. comes from a tap.
Any sources to back that up?
originally posted by: galadofwarthethird
a reply to: MRuss
I think that if your drinking the city water. Your likely in more danger from drinking that stuff then from anything else. Its been regurgitated and re regurgitated and treated and re-treated so many times by the time it reaches your tap. That who knows what in there.
How many people do you know actually drink tap water now a days on regular basis? Around here its mostly for cooking or tea. And if you drink well water and tap water, you can taste the difference. The taste alone may kill you, no viruses need apply.