TESTING SEWAGE FOR CORONAVIRUS COULD HELP PREDICT FUTURE COVID-19 OUTBREAKS
What researchers find — or don’t find — in wastewater could be critical to the success of any plans to ease restrictions on public activity in response the coronavirus pandemic. Fulton Schools Professor Rolf Halden, who directs ASU’s Center for Environmental Health Engineering, says a recent study that found the genetic material of the virus in treated wastewater validates the value of analyzing wastewater in helping to protect people from infection by the virus. Halden has coauthored a study in the journal Science of The Total Environment that explores the advantages and challenges of such wastewater-based epidemiology.
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Waste water tests could monitor 2 billion people for the coronavirus, New Scientist, April 23 (subscriber access only)