Coronaviruses and other viruses are made up of nucleic acids and proteins that cause disease among humans. Viruses are only reproduced in living cells. The diameter of a virus is usually anywhere from 0.004 to 0.1 microns. This is nearly 100 times as small as bacteria.
There has been a great deal of concern surrounding the possibility of an outbreak for a new influenza virus for a long time. This has been more the case in the past months. Now, as we know, the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has caused hundreds of thousands of people to become ill, with thousands of those illnesses resulting in death. Some reports indicate that this type of virus could contaminate water.
Water, which is a resource that humans need daily, might permit the survival of this virus. Tests have shown that COVID-19 can be present in the human waste of infected individuals. However, it is not clear if it is viable or plentiful enough to spread.
At this time it is not known whether or not the novel coronavirus will survive in water. Several environmental factors have adverse effects on the viral population. Conditions must be suitable for a virus to survive. In water, conditions such as light, pH, temperature, salinity, sediment, organic matter, and sediment contribute. Air and water interfaces are also determining factors.
People are most often concerned with the respiratory transmission of the novel coronavirus since it is known to spread through direct contact or respiratory droplets. With the question of wearing a mask, the B95 mask is most recommended. This is because this particular type of mask has a respirator that will block out a minimum of 95% of 0.3-micron particles. The NSF P231 Standard is very stringent. Any water filter that has to test to this standard is held to the highest requirements and must deliver a six-factor purification of viruses, cysts, and bacteria.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention answers the questions surrounding the presence of the COVID-19 virus in water and feces. It states that the virus hasn’t been detected in drinking water. It states that the virus has been detected in the feces of infected individuals and further states that it is unknown if the virus present in the stool is infectious.
There have been more reports of Coronavirus cases than would be expected if the only means of transmission were direct contact and respiratory droplets. China’s CDC reported that the virus has several transmission routes. This explains the speed and strength of the transmission. Frequent hand washing, avoiding raw food, disinfecting surfaces, maintaining hygiene, and boiling water before drinking it is recommended by the China CDC.
At Big Berkey Water Filters, we have designed a series of water filtration products to filter viruses from water. Our size exclusion method uses filtration pores that the virus is unable to penetrate. Pure water can still pass through.
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