Searching wastewater for the coronavirus is fast, cheap, and anonymous.
Wastewater surveillance is an underused yet cost-effective, non-invasive mass testing strategy that can detect virus shed by symptomatic and asymptomatic people alike. Highly localized wastewater surveillance provides an alternative to contact tracing, an intervention that has been difficult to implement in many countries.
It’s a cheap and effective way to map the spread of infection.
A pilot study’s analysis of schools’ wastewater shows its potential as an early warning system for public health teams.
The coronavirus could turn sewage surveillance into a mainstream public health practice.
Detecting the coronavirus in samples from treatment plants could give early warning of outbreaks and new variants.
Traces of the new virus in wastewater can potentially bolster surveillance efforts as countries look to end lockdowns.
Simply testing individuals with symptoms won’t be enough to track how many people are infected. Given the high degree of asymptomatic spread — even in the absence of superspreading events — we need a national strategy that relies heavily on surveillance.
Carson’s job that day was to set up one of eight wastewater monitoring sites across Campbell, Boone, and Kenton counties along Kentucky’s northern border. Today, those sites are monitoring Covid-19 activity, searching for viral signals in several hundred thousand people’s waste.
Putting wastewater monitoring and social media analysis together could detect community outbreaks that might have otherwise gone undetected because the approach identifies infected people who aren’t yet showing symptoms (presymptomatic) or who do not show symptoms (asymptomatic).
More communities are monitoring sewage for viral traces; ‘We had a heads up.
Wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 offers many public health benefits. History has shown that sewage testing is an effective method for the early detection of diseases. It’s a cost-effective way to survey the transmission dynamics of local communities, even down to specific streets within a community or a specific residential building on a university campus.
More than 100 cities are monitoring sewage for the presence of the coronavirus, and public health officials think wastewater could provide an early warning system to help detect future spikes.
Looking for the new coronavirus in wastewater could give us a heads up about where the outbreak is spreading—and when it has started to dissipate.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with agencies throughout the federal government, are initiating the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.