• March 25, 2020
  • RIVM

Novel coronavirus found in wastewater in the Netherlands


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The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in wastewater in the Netherlands, according to RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment research. A small percentage of patients with COVID-19 have the novel coronavirus in their gastrointestinal tract, and thus excrete it in their faeces. When their stool is flushed down the toilet, it ends up in the sewer, and then in the wastewater. 

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