Roadmap for Managing SARS-CoV-2 and Other Viruses in the Water Environment for Public Health

Gang Liu, Jiuhui Qu*, Joan Rose, Gertjan Medema

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The water sector needs to address viral-related public health issues, because water is a virus carrier, which not only spreads viruses (e.g., via drinking water), but also provides information about the circulation of viruses in the community (e.g., via sewage). It has been widely reported that waterborne viral pathogens are abundant, diverse, complex, and threatening the public health in both developed and developing countries. Meanwhile, there is great potential for viral monitoring that can indicate biosafety, treatment performance and community health. New developments in technology have been rising to meet the emerging challenges over the past decades. Under the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the world's attention is directed to the urgent need to tackle the most challenging public health issues related to waterborne viruses. Based on critical analysis of the water viral knowledge progresses and gaps, this article offers a roadmap for managing COVID-19 and other viruses in the water environments for ensuring public health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Biosafety
  • Sewage surveillance
  • Viral indicators
  • Virus
  • Water environment

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