COVID: CONTAMINATED WATER of VIRUS, the list of RIVERS where BATHING is FORBIDDEN
In some RIVERS it is forbidden to swimThere are areas in Italy where, due to the contaminated water, it is forbidden to swim: you risk contracting the coronavirus. We are talking about Adda, Lambro, People, Po e Seveso.
The news was made known by the Municipality of Rho, metropolitan city of Milan, which has published a note on its web portal (here the link), giving reasons for the recommendation. “In this period of health emergency from COVID 19 it is highlighted that the waters of the Adda, Lambro, Olona, Po and Seveso rivers could be contaminated by discharges from civil and industrial wastewater treatment plants and become a means of transmission of the virus “, adding that “non-compliance with the prohibition of bathing is punished with an administrative sanction, as required by current regulations and the formalization of a complaint to the police”. In the press release, the Municipality of Rho took the opportunity to remember how dangerous it is to bathe in the waters of the surrounding rivers and canals where every year there are accidents, in some cases even fatal.
“Wastewater can tell a lot about the presence of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, especially from there it can intercept the trend of the epidemic curve even 7 days earlier than with other surveillance methods, such as the clinical one. This means being able to implement prevention measures well before the infections become evident in the population “: Professor Sandro Binda, of the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the State University of Milan, explaining the project which, together with the Institute of Pharmacological Research Mario Negri, it is conducting on the black waters of the Lombardy before they reach the treatment plant, since the beginning of the pandemic.
The study of urban waste has a great potential for use since it allows to “obtain a profile of infections by simultaneously including symptomatic and asymptomatic infections of an entire population”, explained the professor Bind.
The same method has been applied for years now also to estimate drug use within a population.