Wastewater samples reveal record levels of Covid-19 across U.S.
“Wastewater is going to be a leading indicator for what’s going on in a given community and what’s to come,” said a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
Hard-Hit New Hampshire Snaps Up Free Home Covid Tests as U.S. Dawdles
A resident processes a self-administered at-home Covid-19 test, which was received through a government program, in Easton, N.H., on Dec. 7.John Tully / Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jan. 2, 2022, 1:30 AM PST / Updated Jan. 2, 2022, 11:08 AM PST
By Alicia Victoria Lozano
With at-home Covid-19 tests in high demand and their efficacy in question, health departments from California to Massachusetts are turning to sewage samples to get a better idea of how much the coronavirus is spreading through communities and what might be in store for health care systems.
Experts say wastewater holds the key to better understanding the public health of cities and neighborhoods, especially in underserved areas that do not have equal access to care.
“Every time an infected person uses the toilet, they’re flushing this information down the toilet, where it’s collecting
the president of Biobot Analytics, a wastewater epidemiology company