UC Berkeley researchers have rapidly assembled a new lab that, in conjunction with public health agencies and utilities throughout the Bay Area, will test the region’s wastewater for signs of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
As 5,000 students prepared for move-in day at the University of Arizona this week, the school warned they would be tested periodically for the coronavirus. One test, though, doesn’t involve a nose swab. The university is regularly screening the sewage from each dorm, searching for traces of the virus. University of Arizona used wastewater testing … More University of Arizona used wastewater testing to detect cases of coronavirus in a dorm – The Washington Post
As the Covid-19 pandemic marches across America, causing record-breaking numbers of cases, almost every solution for controlling the disease includes more testing, especially as cities and states try to reopen. But with states hitting their limits on testing, we need new tools for understanding Covid-19 transmission. A national wastewater surveillance program offers a cost-effective approach … More It’s time to begin a national wastewater testing program for Covid-19
Figuring out how many people actually had the new coronavirus in South Florida is proving difficult, but Miami-Dade County is looking at its sewage as a way of measuring the pandemic. Sewage may hold clue to the true number of coronavirus cases – South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Wastewater could provide early, painless and localized data about the rise or fall of coronavirus levels.
This podcast introduces wastewater epidemiology and explains what information related to the detection of RNA of COVID-19 virus in wastewater does and does not tell us. Wastewater epidemiology has been used for decades to track the presence of infectious diseases such as polio in communities. It has also been used to aid in the response to … More Words On Water Podcast #138: Studying Coronavirus with Wastewater Epidemiology
A new approach to monitoring the novel coronavirus (as well as other dangerous pathogens and chemical agents) is being developed and refined. Known as wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE), the method mines sewage samples for vital clues about human health. It can potentially identify levels of coronavirus infection at both a local and global scale. Novel coronavirus … More Novel coronavirus detected, monitored in wastewater – ScienceDaily
Dutch scientists were able to find the coronavirus in a city’s wastewater before Covid-19 cases were reported, demonstrating a novel early warning system for the pneumonia-causing disease. The so-called SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is often excreted in an infected person’s stool. Although it’s unlikely that sewage will become an important route of transmission, the pathogen’s increasing circulation in communities will … More Dutch Scientists Find a Novel Coronavirus Early-Warning Signal – Bloomberg News