This site has been established as a means of collating current scientific information and expert opinion on the presence and fate of SARS-CoV-2 in water and wastewater. As such, it will provide an updated assessment of the possibility of environmental transmission of COVID-19 and ways that such risks can be effectively managed.
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Sewage analysis as a tool for the COVID-19 pandemic response and management: the urgent need for optimised protocols for SARS-CoV-2 detection and quantification
“This review aims at identifying the main issues for consideration, relating to the development of validated methodological protocols for the virus quantitative analysis in wastewater”. However, connecting environmental monitoring to clinical monitoring, and involvement of Health departments/authorities require further investigation for successful integration of sewage monitoring into pandemic response plan.
Rapid expert consultation on environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater: summary report (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 inContinue reading “Rapid expert consultation on environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater: summary report (2020)”
Benefits of targeted swage sampling under a wastewater based epidemiology strategy – By testing dorm wastewater for the coronavirus, the University of Arizona may have stomped out a potential outbreak before it could spread, The Washington Post reports: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/poop-tests-stop-covid-19-outbreak-university-arizona?utm_campaign=news_daily_2020-08-28&et_rid=619717835&et_cid=3463056
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