COVID-19: Coronavirus could spread through pipes in a building officials fear

Building Pipes

Mystery intensifies over how virus spreading: Over 100 residents have been evacuated from an apartment building in Hong Kong after two people fell ill with the deadly new coronavirus, stoking fears 2019-nCoV could be spread through pipes. Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection said the two sick people lived on separate floors at Hong Mei House on the Cheung Hong Estate in the New Territories area of Hong Kong, The New York Times reported.  Residents were removed from the building after an unsealed pipe was found in the bathroom of one of the patients. The unnamed 62-year-old woman lives 10 floors below an occupant who fell ill before her.

Sophia Chan, Hong Kong’s health secretary, said four additional tenants living in three separate units had developed coronavirus symptoms. The symptoms of 2019-nCoV include a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and trouble breathing. Residents were removed from a total of 23 units.

Airborne

According to the AFP news agency, health officials dressed in masks and white overalls arrived at the 35-story apartment block, home to 3,000 people, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The 35 flats were linked by the same drainage system. The residents were relocated as a precautionary measure, AFP reported officials saying. Wong Ka-hing of the Centre for Health Protection told journalists: “We are not sure what was the exact route of transmission. “It could still be through the usual method of droplets or contact.” –Newsweek

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3 Responses to COVID-19: Coronavirus could spread through pipes in a building officials fear

  1. Dennis E. says:

    probably tha t1/3 of the worlds population may die from this virus. if I remember correctly, The great Influenza breakout in 1918, sometimes dubbed as The Spanish Flu, also killed 1/3 of the population and that also occurred during World War 1. History repeating itself? Hope not.

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  2. niebo says:

    “Residents were removed from the building after an unsealed pipe was found in the bathroom of one of the patients.”

    Ok . . . two thoughts. One: because they do not specify, I deduce that patient ‘zero’ in this case had sealed pipes and patient 1 had the unsealed pipe. Which correlates with this story from Japan:

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/08/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/coronavirus-study-implicates-fecal-transmission/

    Which means that the flush and evacuation of waste caused a, er, um, ‘plume’ in the lower apartment, because, er, um, according to the plumber who taught me to do plumbing when I was younger (in this specific instance, to always maintain a downward trajectory of the main drain line, because), “Poop don’t flow uphill, boy.”

    While the above study is not specific, the insinuation is that respiration was the route of infection, whether via the nasal passages or through oral contact with the plume. But, as with any droplet or airborne pathogen, the eyes are another vulnerable route:

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30313-5/fulltext

    So, a mask is not sufficient, unless it covers the entire face.

    Second thought . . . (oh, gawd) any commercial bathroom with a high-pressure valve should be considered IDLH (Immediate Danger to LIfe or Health), because the flush creates an airborne “splash”:

    “Newsom also demonstrated higher bioaerosol production with higher flush energy . . . .”

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4692156/

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