“Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” These words by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, the discoverer of vitamin C, perfectly encapsulates the importance of water in our lives. And yet, stress on freshwater resources as well as unsafe practices during this pandemic makes it difficult to keep this vital elixir safe. Let’s talk a bit about how we can keep our water safe during the current pandemic.
Does The Novel Coronavirus Spread Through Water?
The world has never before seen a virus quite like the coronavirus, which is why many are divided on the specific details of its transmission. A study by the University of California puts it this way: “During a 2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, a sewage leak caused a cluster of cases through aerosolization. Though no known cases of COVID-19 have been caused by sewage leaks, the novel coronavirus is closely related to the one that causes SARS, and infection via this route could be possible.”
Although there are no conclusive studies of the COVID-19 virus being detected in drinking-water supplies either, we must consider other factors involved such as its possible transmission during transport. Consider the handling of mineral water bubble tops for example. Compromise on safety standards at the filling area of the packaging unit, transportation on rickety meen Vandis(carts used to sell fish which moonlight as mineral water carriers) and handlers who have no idea about COVID-19 hygiene practices–these are the hurdles a bubble top faces before the contaminated rim of the bubble top goes on top of your water dispenser!
The Path to Effectively Social Distancing Water
At Aeronero, we are deeply concerned about the precious resource that is water. The goal of our efforts is to make pure water available to everyone. With this in mind, we have created products that convert air into pure, filtered water. No dirty pipes, unhygienic lorries, or the risk of contamination. As an added measure, we also include the option of contactless sensor-based retrieval of water in our industrial-scale solutions. We hope to encourage households, businesses, and communities to embrace the idea of pure water obtained in a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and sustainable manner.
In addition to this, we understand there are changes to be made at the community level. Upgrading existing water treatment infrastructure, especially in outbreak hot spots near community clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals are important. Open defecation is yet another problem that should be addressed. A study has cultured the COVID-19 virus from a stool specimen, and though this doesn’t definitively conclude fecal to oral transmission, it does present the possibility. As water can provide a vehicle for pathogen spread, increasing access to affordable sanitation can greatly reduce the contamination of water sources by human waste and positively affect public health outcomes.
Safe Water is Key
The provision of safe water is essential to protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including the current novel coronavirus pandemic. Join us in our mission to keep our water safe, to keep our future safe. Get in touch with us to learn how.