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Corvid-19 Drainage Concerns

As you are already aware we have a serious life threatening pandemic called the Coronavirus.

The Corvid-19 virus attacks the lungs and respiratory tract which can be life threatening.

With the limit of toilet rolls and sanitary products people will and have started to use use various items as a secondary measure.

Baby wipes, paper towels, face wipes, cloths etc are some that folk are now using, these block your drainage system and can cause serious blockages in your toilet, drain or sewer system.

If you are experiencing drainage blockages, toilets or sewers overflowing, do not leave it to chance it will go away.. it wont!

Overflowing drains do have some severe environmental issues and have been mentioned that they can and probably will transmit further infections.


Faecal Matter Transmission (FMT) JCS Drainage In a recent study of coronavirus patients in China, over half of patient’s faecal samples remained positive for Covid-19 for a mean of 11·2 days after respiratory tract samples became negative for the disease, implying that the virus is actively replicating in the patient's gastrointestinal tract and that faecal–oral transmission could occur after viral clearance in the respiratory tract (Wu et al., 2020). No cases of transmission via the faecal–oral route have yet been reported, which might suggest that infection via this route is unlikely in quarantine facilities, in hospital, or while under self-isolation. However, potential faecal–oral transmission might pose an increased risk in contained living premises such as hostels, dormitories, trains, buses, and cruise ships. Respiratory transmission is still the primary route for Covid-19 and evidence is not yet sufficient to develop practical measures for the group of patients with negative respiratory tract sample results but positive faecal samples. Further research into the viability and infectivity of Covid-19 in faeces is required. Asymptomatic and undiagnosed Covid-19 carriers still shed the virus via respiratory tract and faecal matter. There might be as many as 5 to 10 undetected cases for every known case (Writer, 2020). This means the number of infectious people within the UK is far higher than the confirmed cases statistics. To conclude, it is known that the Covid-19 virus is shed within faecal matter and that the virus can be present within faecal matter for up to 47 days after first symptom onset. There is no direct evidence of infection via FMT, however it should be considered as a potential route of infection. Transmission Routes. As is well known Covid-19 is a respiratory disease. Virus transmission is through the mouth, nose and eyes via contact. This can be by direct contact via water droplets in the air from coughing and sneezing. Faecal Matter Transmission is possible from contaminated water droplets created during drain clearing activities such as jetting or direct splashing. High pressure water jetting is likely to result in aerosol generation of faecal contaminated material. The other method of transmission is where the virus has been transferred to the hands and then the hands touch eyes, nose or mouth. This type of transfer is normally from surface to hand to face. This will be the case with FMT as well. Any surface contaminated with faecal matter is also potentially contaminated with the virus that produces Covid-19. Potentially with a higher probability of contamination on sewers systems than on private domestic drainage runs.

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