August 03, 2020 2 min read
Faced with the public health concerns around COVID-19, New Jersey Senator Roberto Mendez, along with 18 other Senators, have created a new emergency health commission to urge the US Department of Health and Human Services to thoroughly investigate the possible relationship between exposure toPFOA/PFAS "Forever Chemicals"in tap waterand the risk of contracting the coronavirus with very serious symptoms.
The relationship betweenPFOA/PFAS and COVID19
The problem withPFOS, which stands for polyfluoroalkyl substances, is longstanding, but has not been thoroughly researched.
These substances are commonly referred to among scientists as "the chemicals that never die"or "Forever chemicals"because they have the ability to survive in the environment and the human body for months or even more than a hundred years. PFAS has already been the subject of research andthe US Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseasehasstated that these compounds severely weakenthe immune system, leavingpeople more vulnerable to any infectious disease and causing vaccines to have less effect.
That is why Senator Mendez is looking to find a link between the immune suppression caused bypolyfluoroalkyl substances and a greater risk of COVID-19 in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Army conducted its own investigation into the level of contamination of groundwater and over 250 private drinking water wells, observing that up to five of the wells had very high levels of PFAS, ordering their clean-up and total shutdown until further notice.
In lightof thisfinding, several federal legislatorsbeganurging forthe regulation of these substances, especially if the link with COVID-19 is confirmed. Their request called strongly for the community installation of water filters that would ensure that domestic wastewater is as clean as possible, thus reducing the possibility of contamination and of contracting the coronavirus more easily. However, these projects could take a substantial amount of time and resources.
In the meantime, the New Jersey health commission's investigations are still underway regarding the link between PFOA/PFAS. However, given the research from the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease suggesting PFOA/PFAS suppression of the immune system,many observers are finding such a link plausible if not probable.
And although local municipalities have not yet provided ways to treat tap water for these contaminants, it is simple and affordable to filter them out at home. All Seychelle filters are designed and tested to remove PFOA and PFAS, so families can stay safe.