This video popped up on social media the other day, touting a “contactless” holy water dispenser, presumably helping to protect the faithful from coronavirus infection.

It’s an interesting idea. But this raises the question: can the virus be transmitted through water?

It seems there’s no firm evidence of that:

Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) don’t believe airborne or waterborne transmission plays a role in how COVID-19 spreads through a community.

Most cases of COVID-19 are likely linked to person-to-person contact. Experts at the CDC and WHO emphasize that measures like social distancing and hand-washing are still some of the best ways to protect yourself and help slow the spread of coronavirus.

And there’s this:

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “The virus that causes COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes Covid-19.”

The CDC also notes that the chance of Covid-19 manifesting itself in swimming pools, spas, jacuzzis and similar places is similarly unlikely due to the treatment of the water with cholrine and bromide.