Coronavirus may travel through plumbing

Two sets of Chinese researchers report data that suggests faecal matter from infected people may spread via aerosols through drainage pipes

COVID-19 may spread through high-rise apartment buildings via plumbing pipes, new reports suggest.

Reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine the researchers said coronavirus in fecal matter flushed by an ill resident may have spread upward via aerosols in the drainage pipe system in a building in Guangzhou, China.

This caused COVID-19 infections in three families living on higher floors.

Last month, in the Environment International journal, a separate team