With people across the country doing everything they can to protect themselves from the Coronavirus, it can sometimes be hard to separate the fact from the fiction. For instance, we were initially told not to wear masks, only to have that decision later be reversed. While clinical trials have identified certain drugs that may help patients recover, we’re still a ways away from a vaccine. And while older people may be more susceptible to this disease, young people are far from invulnerable to it.
The Internet and social media have also not always helped during the spread of COVID-19, often compounding misinformation with irresponsible parties taking advantage of people’s concerns. That’s why at All City Plumbing, our responsible plumbing pros thought we’d use this blog to answer a question that’s been on many homeowner’s minds since the onset of this pandemic: can a water filtration system protect me from the Coronavirus. Keep reading for the answers you need to know, and make sure to call All City for all your essential plumbing needs.
Water Filtration & The Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
The question of whether the Coronavirus can be eliminated through water filtration is really two questions: can the virus be spread through water in the first place, and if so, will a residential water filtration system help protect me from it. Let’s tackle the first question first.
According to current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Coronavirus has not been detected in drinking water. Furthermore, current findings indicate that standard treatment methods used in municipal water supplies, such as filtration and disinfection, should be effective at removing or inactivating the Novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19. There is also no current research that indicates COVID-19 has been spread through pools, hot tubs, spas, or water parks, and while SARS (a similar Coronavirus) was found in wastewater, there is no evidence at this time suggesting that COVID-19 has been spread through municipal sewage systems.
“So, water filtration is an effective means of protection against the Coronavirus,” you may be saying to yourself right now. Well, this is where things get complicated. The truth is that while most home water filters can be effective at eliminating germs and bacteria, the average water filtration system is not going to protect you from the Coronavirus—because you are very unlikely to contract the Coronavirus from your drinking water in the first place. COVID—19 has largely been spread through airborne droplets, by touching surfaces, or via direct contact with infected individuals. That’s why to truly protect yourself from this virus, the best thing you can do is to follow the advice from the CDC: wash and sanitize your hands often, avoid close contact with those outside your home, cover coughs and sneezes, wear a mask when out in public, and clean and disinfect surfaces as much as possible.
“So, you’re saying I shouldn’t get a water filtration system?” Nope, that’s not what we’re saying either—again, this is new territory, and it’s all very complicated! Water filtration can still help protect you from sickness and boost your immune system. Moreover, now may be a good time to consider a whole-home water filtration system if you don’t have one, so you won’t have to run to the store constantly to pick up bottled water. At All City Plumbing, we offer a range of cutting-edge water filtration options, including carbon filtration systems, reverse osmosis systems, and UV purification systems. We also offer water softeners, to ensure your household always gets the clean, great-tasting water it deserves.
Navigating This Crisis Together
Here at All City Plumbing, nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our customers and our employees. That’s why we are still here to provide all the quality services you need, while offering updated safety measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to following social distancing rules and complying with CDC guidelines. Remember if we all do our part, we will get through this.