Sept. 13, 2021

Wastewater COVID-19 tracing can lead to detecting other infectious diseases

Localized wastewater monitoring has potential to transform how we track public health


A faster way to detect clusters of COVID-19 infection in the population is critical to avoiding future outbreaks — and what’s going down your drain could help public health officials catch outbreaks sooner.

UCalgary researchers from the Cumming School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, and Schulich School of Engineering, Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA), The City of Calgary, and Alberta Health Services have teamed up to test Calgary wastewater for early signs of COVID-19 cases.

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