WHO – Rapid expert consultation on environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater: summary report: virtual meeting, 23 July 2020

This report summarizes the findings of the Rapid expert consultation on environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater that was organized by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health on 23 July 2020 in a virtual format. It aimed to facilitate a rapid exchange of current knowledge, experience and practices among countries that are in … More WHO – Rapid expert consultation on environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater: summary report: virtual meeting, 23 July 2020

Advanced Analytics Leads to Big Improvements in Sampling Wastewater for SARS-CoV-2

Researchers and Innovative Technology Companies are Already Making Big Improvements Toward Scaling This Breakthrough Approach to Community Testing

“A wastewater collection system is very complex, hydraulically,” he says. “The flow rate increases and decreases throughout the day depending on whether it’s a weekend or a weekday. We know we need to adjust for the flow that’s coming to the treatment plan each day. Rainfall and infiltration can increase the flow rate while decreasing the RNA concentration.” … More Advanced Analytics Leads to Big Improvements in Sampling Wastewater for SARS-CoV-2

WHO Scientific Brief: Status of environmental surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 virus

Environmental surveillance by testing of wastewater for evidence of pathogens has a long history of use in public health, particularly for poliovirus1 and more recently antimicrobial resistance (AMR).2 In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is being used for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 shed into wastewater from the upper gastrointestinal and upper respiratory system and via faeces. … More WHO Scientific Brief: Status of environmental surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 virus

SARS-CoV-2 in sewer systems and connected facilities – ScienceDirect

Highlights: • SARS-CoV-2 has been found in faeces and, in some cases, urine of infected people. • Wastewater and sewage sludge from infected area can contain SARS-CoV-2 RNA. • To date, virulence of SARS−COV-2 in sewage sludge has not been determined. • Wastewater monitoring could help to understand epidemic situation of urban areas. • Identify … More SARS-CoV-2 in sewer systems and connected facilities – ScienceDirect

University of Arizona used wastewater testing to detect cases of coronavirus in a dorm – The Washington Post

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

It’s time to begin a national wastewater testing program for Covid-19

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

SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater: State of the knowledge and research needs – ScienceDirect

Highlights: • Presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater has been reported. • SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater can be used to monitor COVID-19 in a community. • Effective concentration method is needed for recovery of SARS-CoV-2 from wastewater. • Surrogate coronavirus data help to predict survival of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater. • Data on the infectivity of … More SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater: State of the knowledge and research needs – ScienceDirect

Novel coronavirus detected, monitored in wastewater – ScienceDaily

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