According to Nathalie Chèvre, an ecotoxicologist, lecturer and research professor at the University of Lausanne, an expert in chemical substances, the water pollution has not decreased. Pesticides, cosmetics and medicines are still being detected in surface waters. Hormone disruptors are still present in plastics, and additives, such as titanium dioxide, are still on the spot regarding the danger they pose to our health, especially that of our children (15).
Avec la pandémie actuelle, de nombreux médicaments et désinfectants sont utilisés, aussi bien dans les centres hospitaliers, les cliniques, mais aussi par les commerces, ainsi que chez les particuliers.
With the current pandemic, many medicines and disinfectants are being used, both in hospitals and clinics, but also in shops and in private homes.
The measures taken by governments to combat Covid-19 are not without consequences for the environment. For example, it would appear that “the Senegalese government has just suspended one of the provisions of the anti-plastic law: the ban on water sachets. The application of this provision, which has a strong economic and social impact, will only be reinstated after the Covid-19 pandemic.” (16)
Exposure to chemical substances poses a risk to humans and the environment. Decreased fertility, early puberty, certain cancers or degenerative diseases, and obesity. And many of these diseases are aggravating factors for Covid-19.
To the list of pollutants is added the presence of Coronavirus in wastewater. A team of researchers from EPFL and EAWAG was able to detect traces of this virus in the wastewater from Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich. The aim of the research is to develop “an early warning system for a possible resurgence of infections. “ (17)