Common Questions About COVID-19 and Variants
What is COVID-19, how is it spread, and what are the symptoms?
COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus disease 2019) is an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), however the virus is commonly called the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 virus is part of a large family of viruses called coronaviruses, which typically cause respiratory tract infections. The virus is a “novel” coronavirus, meaning it is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. Symptoms of COVID-19 most commonly include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
I am having some work done on my house. Can the drinking water in my home be contaminated with COVID-19 by faucets, plumbing fixtures, fittings, filters or other products made in China?
Based on studies with other coronaviruses the risk of this happening appears to be low. You are at a much greater risk through respiration and contact. Transmission through respiration occurs when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and others in close proximity inhale the virus. When an infected individual coughs or sneezes, the virus can also land on nearby surfaces, or it can be transmitted to doorknobs, countertops, and other surfaces through direct contact by an infected individual. Transmission by contact occurs when other people touch those surfaces and transfer the virus to themselves, often by then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
WQA has provided our industry professionals with technical guidance on how to avoid contributing to the spread of COVID-19 during installation and service calls. You can find a WQA professional in your area, or a WQA certified professional in your area, using the links provided below.
Is drinking tap water safe?
EPA recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. The World Health Organization has stated that the, “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low.”1 Additionally, according to the CDC, COVID-19 is mainly thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another. Read more from the CDC about transmission of COVID-19. Further, EPA’s drinking water regulations require treatment at public water systems to remove or kill pathogens, including viruses.
I realize that there is no evidence that I should be worried about COVID-19 in my drinking water, but I still want to purchase a treatment device that will provide a final barrier against COVID-19. Are there drinking water treatment products I can purchase that will capture, kill or deactivate COVID-19?
Yes, any product which is certified to remove bacteria, cyst and viruses under the U.S. EPA Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers, or under NSF P231, should also work with COVID-19. Likewise, any ultraviolet disinfection system (UV system) which is certified as a Class A Disinfection device under NSF/ANSI 55 should work with COVID-19. WQA certified products can be found here.
Additional information regarding drinking water and COVID-19 is available on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.