Wastewater monitoring for COVID-19
Reliable and innovative solutions for early detection
Detect COVID-19 in wastewater with droplet digital PCR
Wastewater epidemiology is an important tool in the fight against COVID-19, allowing for rapid, non-invasive insights into the health of large or targeted populations including municipalities, care homes and dormitories. Since symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 infected individuals shed viral RNA in sewer systems, analysis of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage networks provides information about COVID-19 infection within the community. Sewage monitoring can be used as an early warning system to help determine the extent of an outbreak more accurately and quickly than clinical evaluations that rely on testing symptomatic individuals.
How wastewater monitoring works
Wastewater is collected over a period of time
Samples are tested to detect COVID-19 and other bacteria and bugs in DNA
A report is provided which shows variant trend over time.
Advantages of wastewater infectious disease monitoring
Forecasts COVID-19 changes and outbreaks to help predict community burden
Provides a way to find and detect the prevalence of COVID-19 variants in your community
Provides data on the average infection rate to see the effectiveness of your COVID-19 community response
Survey transmission dynamics of entire communities and obtain population-wide data while saving money
Is wastewater surveillance right for my community?
Wastewater monitoring is a developing field. Health departments setting up a sewage-based infectious disease monitoring system should consider that sewage testing over time can provide trend data that can complement other monitoring data that informs public health decision making.
It is also important to note that low levels of infection in a community may not be captured by sewage monitoring. The smallest number of people shedding the virus in stool that can still be detected by current testing methods are not yet well understood. More data on fecal shedding by infected individuals over the course of disease are needed to better understand the limits of detection.
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