With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, I was asked by some of my colleagues on how to discard the PD effluent of patients suspected or confirmed infected? Since this is a novel virus, our knowledge is still limited. Reviewing our data on SARS virus, I did not come across in my readings of report that the virus is isolated in PD effluents. So is it safe to handle the PD effluent the same way as any infectious bodily fluid, which is to double flush it into the toilet or clinical sink?

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Rose, B., Doctor/MD from Philipppines asked
With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, I was asked by some of my colleagues on how to discard the PD effluent of patients suspected or confirmed infected? Since this is a novel virus, our knowledge is still limited. Reviewing our data on SARS virus, I did not come across in my readings of report that the virus is isolated in PD effluents. So is it safe to handle the PD effluent the same way as any infectious bodily fluid, which is to double flush it into the toilet or clinical sink?

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Fadhlina, Malaysia February 12, 2020

Hello 
we also have very little knowledge on this matter. However, as per WHO recommendation, standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
If your patients are infected, take a similar precautions as dealing with highly infectious organisms like ESBL, MRSA and others. Make sure you protect yourself as well by compliance to the strict use of gloves and PEP if you suspect any potential spread of infection. 
 

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Doctor (Canada) February 19, 2020

Wearing full personal protective equipment plus N95/faceshield would be the safest approach, but there is still too much unknown about this novel coronavirus for us to provide any specific advice. The CDC or WHO may provide further recommendations in time once more is known about this virus.

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