There is no evidence to support social media claims that water droplets testing positive for COVID are proof that virus particles are in water supplies. Representatives for Abbott, a U.S. manufacturer of home COVID tests, told Reuters that the tests are not being used as intended and that “other liquids have chemical properties which can cause a chemical reaction on the test strip, resulting in misleading or inaccurate results.”


EPA is providing this important information about Covid as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public. The COVID virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low.  Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.

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