According to media reports, dozens of bodies have been found in several vans near a funeral parlor in New York. Residents had called the police because of the smell of decomposition from the vans.
The company in the Brooklyn area had rented the vehicles. This was because, in view of the many deaths in the coronavirus pandemic, there was no room for them in their own premises.
Coronavirus deaths may be stored in refrigerated trucks
In addition, the undertaker's refrigerator had broken down, the "New York Times" wrote on Wednesday (local time) citing the police.
Many New York undertakers are reaching their capacity limits due to the corona crisis. (symbol picture) - sda - Keystone/EPA/JUSTIN LANE
The CNN station reported up to 60 corpses in four transporters, ABC reported up to 100 dead. They had been stacked on ice in body bags in the vehicles and were to be cremated.
It is not known how many of them actually died after infection with the coronavirus. In view of the crisis, undertakers are allowed to store the dead in refrigerated trucks.
Coronavirus found in wastewater - drinking water not at risk
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a method for detecting coronavirus in wastewater. New infections can thus be detected more quickly.
Coronavirus can be detected in wastewater
The first wastewater samples were analysed from Lugano, Lausanne and Zurich. In the case of Zurich and Lugano also one each from the end of February. This represents the first known cases of infection in Switzerland. In all samples, the researchers succeeded in detecting the new coronavirus.
In the newer samples, the concentrations are so high that analysis seems relatively simple. Not so for the samples from February: "We could not have expected that it would be possible to measure a signal in wastewater from Lugano with only one and from Zurich with only six known cases", EPFL environmental scientist Tamar Kohn is quoted in the report.
Pathogen does not spread via wastewater
According to the current state of knowledge, there is no evidence that the pathogen spread via water or wastewater. Swiss drinking water is of excellent hygienic quality and is suitable for drinking even during a pandemic, according to the report.
The successful detection of low virus concentrations at an early time of the outbreak should make it possible to reconstruct the curve of the Covid-19 increase retrospectively. However, analysis of the more than 300 samples currently stored frozen at Eawag and EPFL may still take some time. It would take weeks before all of them were evaluated.
However, it would be difficult to draw conclusions about the exact number of infected persons. Among other things, the number of viruses excreted per infected person fluctuates too much. However, the course of events is important: Using the samples from Lausanne as an example, the scientists were able to roughly trace the increase in sars-CoV2 viruses in wastewater between March and April: Kohn currently estimates that the concentration has multiplied ten to a hundred times.
Samples have been taken from twelve wastewater treatment plants, nine of which are located in the Ticino, since the first Covid-19 diseases became known. However, the main goal of the project is not to look back, but to establish a system with an early warning function.
Sewage treatment plants should function as an early warning system
With samples from twenty large sewage treatment plants, geographically well distributed throughout Switzerland, it is possible to monitor the wastewater of around 2.5 million people, the ETHs write. There are more than 700 sewage treatment plants in Switzerland, which treat around 1.7 billion cubic metres of wastewater.
According to the Federal Office for the Environment (Bafu), infection with the coronavirus via contact with wastewater is very unlikely, as was stated in mid-April. According to Bafu, infection through skin contact with river and sea water also seems unlikely. This is because corona viruses only survive for a short time in water and are effectively killed in sewage treatment plants.
According to the report, research projects of this scope usually take several years. The group led by Kohn (Laboratory for Environmental Chemistry at the EPFL) and Christoph Ort and Tim Julian of Eawag had shown within a few weeks that the idea could become reality.
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Our tap water has blue particles in it. You haven't drunk that for a long time! You don't even use it for cooking. (Since we have the descaler in the basement) These paricles do get caught in the sieve. But still it tastes a bit strange and sometimes there are stomach cramps.
Everything should always be safe for humans. But we destroy our world with all these things that make the world better. In the past, the water was more calcareous, people were less ill, but the devices still lived longer than today. It would be better to produce higher quality appliances again. Then we would also have less waste. But of course, there would be less profit for the companies. Consumers would have to pay more for that again. Moreover, one would have to learn to save again for many purchases.
The things that are already being discharged into the sewage system in the household today....Even residues of the often unnecessarily taken medication can be found inside.
Not for nothing one becomes, soon retired still to the extreme allergy sufferer.
I used to buy potatoes and apples for a winter. They were always as if they were fresh. Now I live again in the exact same flat as in the 80s. But after three weeks at the latest everything in the cellar is totally wrecked. Although it was bought directly from the farmer and uncleaned like then. After all, we do not have the same winters as before. This year we only had to shovel some snow for two days. November 1984 I couldn't even go outside with the pram anymore, there was so much snow. Now in November nothing more. The world seems to be beyond saving. The only question is, do we older people have to live through the worst of it? Anyway, it's coming sooner than anyone thought!