WHO Scientific Brief 5 Aug 2020: Status of environmental surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 virus

This WHO brief (WHO reference number: WHO/2019-nCoV/Sci_Brief/EnvironmentalSampling/2020.1) explores potential use cases, considerations, and research needs for environmental surveillance by testing of wastewater for SARS-CoV-2 detection that may be explored in close coordination with established public health surveillance for COVID-19. At present, there is not yet sufficient evidence to recommend environmental surveillance as a standard approach for COVID-19 surveillance. Recommended strategies for COVID-19 surveillance can be found in the WHO interim guidance “Public Health Surveillance for COVID-19”.

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One thought on “WHO Scientific Brief 5 Aug 2020: Status of environmental surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 virus

  1. “One potential approach could be to reserve environmental surveillance for pooled testing of particularly high-risk settings where response can be quickly implemented, such as closed residential settings (e.g. nursing homes, prisons, worker dormitories), large crowded workplaces or in the context of mass gatherings”: Currently ColoSSoS (https://www.waterra.com.au/research/communities-of-interest/covid-19/) project is testing this approach in Victoria, Australia.

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