Testing sewage to halt a pandemic
April 05, 2022
All local recommended safety guidelines followed at the time of interview.
While scientists have broken all records to find a vaccine and medical staff have put themselves at risk on the pandemic's frontline, a missing will to co-operate in the world at large has allowed COVID-19 to mutate, to revive and to continue its deathly spread. Additional early-warning surveillance is needed to help authorities fight the disease. And this is where wastewater testing comes in.
By analyzing wastewater samples, we can identify hotspots and potentially infected people in the community.
Dr. Warish Ahmed, Senior scientist, CSIRO
We were getting positive sample results from regions that no one suspected there were any cases.
Suzanne Metcalfe Research project officer, CSIRO
Liters of wastewater are being transformed into a sea of information
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