Why Corona Virus Scientists Are Paying Attention to Wastewater

COVID-19 experts have a lot of interest in what we are flushing away. Is it that wastewater could predict the second wave of SARS-COV-2 infections? Some countries, such as Germany and China, have had a second-wave of infections after strict lockdown measures were lifted. Can there be a way to predict new hotspots and curb them before spreading further? That’s what some scientists are thinking. The answer therefore, could lie beneath our feet-wastewater.

What is the relationship between wastewater and SARS-CoV-2 infections?

Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE), also known as water monitoring, has previously been used to detect outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, poliovirus, and measles. When one is infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus multiplies within their body. Some viral RNA…

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