Journal article

Wastewater monitoring for SARS-CoV-2

Erica Donner, Arash Zamyadi, Aaron Jex, Michael Short, Barbara Drigo, David McCarthy, Nicholas Crosbie, Warish Ahmed, Jochen Mueller, Kevin Thomas, Paul Monis, Alex Keegan, Maneesha Ginige, Philip Hugenholtz, Gene Tyson, Kelly Hill, Linda Blackall



Wastewater monitoring (WM) of SARS-CoV-2 from sewers was applied throughout the world early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharing of protocols and experiences in WM of SARS-CoV-2 by national and international researchers and practitioners has been vital to ensuring the sensitivity and specificity of the methods. WM has been a valuable adjunct to human clinical testing, and when positive results occur in sewage, community testing has been increased. WM findings allow public health officials to track and respond to the impacts of loosening lockdown restrictions, demonstrating when return to normal social activities might occur without a resurgence of rapid community transmission, and they are part..

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