Currently, it is thought that the novel coronavirus causing outbreaks of COVID-19 worldwide is not a significant risk of contaminating industrial cooling towers. Little research has been completed to date, however. 

Numerous viruses throughout history have shown the capability to survive in the water in cooling towers if untreated. The main factors that influence a virus’s survival in water include temperature, organic material in the water and the presence of aerobic microorganisms. Of these factors, the most critical influence on any virus’s survival is temperature.

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