Latest Coronavirus Research Update


Keeping up with the rapidly changing information and science related to the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for our global community. As of 4/16/20, more than 2,000,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus resulting in more than 129,000 deaths. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a member of the Coronavirus family that was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness (COVID-19) first detected in Wuhan, China on December 12, 2019.

The pandemic is prompting questions for the water supply and sanitation sector globally. The concentrations of the virus and its survival and potential infectivity in different water and wastewater matrices are yet to be confirmed. The rapidity and magnitude of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic means answers to these questions are needed quickly. It is important that water sector professionals remain informed regarding updates to information and any measures needed to protect both workers and public health in general. The Water Research Foundation hosted this webcast as part of a series to provide technical updates and information on COVID-19.

Our world-renowned presenters are experts in infectious disease control, virology, water and wastewater engineering, personal protective equipment (PPEs), outbreak epidemiology, pandemic trends, and risk emergency response. Our speakers provided participants with up-to-date technical details, resources, and published public health recommendations as we continue to learn more about this ongoing pandemic.


  • Peter Grevatt, PhD, CEO–The Water Research Foundation
  • Charles Haas, PhD–Drexel University, WRF Academic Council, A Risk Assessment Update and Perspective
  • Matthew Arduino, DrPH–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC’s Current Update on COVID-19
  • Charles Gerba, PhD – University of Arizona,The Survivability of the COVID-19 Virus in Air, Water, Wastewater, and Various Surfaces
  • Krista Wigginton, PhD–University of Michigan, Overview of the COVID-19 Virus Loads in Human Samples and Using Predictive Models to Predict Fate in the Environment
  • Gertjan Medema, PhD–KWR Water Research Institute in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands – The Dutch Case Study on Sewage Surveillance of COVID-19
  • Mark LeChevallier, PhD–Dr. Water Consulting, LLC, Overview of PPEs and the Current Implications and Applicability to COVID-19


  • Charles Haas, PhD–Drexel University, WRF Academic Council
  • Lola Olabode, MPH, BCES, Research Program Manager –The Water Research Foundation

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