Durham region tests sewage water to track and predict COVID-19 cases

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The project can also be used for more targeted tracing, such as long\u002Dterm care homes for seniors

In each sample, the team will look for traces of the novel coronavirus, and then use the data collected to create a scientific model that can predict potential outbreaks and find potential hotspot areas.

“This is a good opportunity for Ontario Tech University to participate in this unique research project,” said Durham Region’s medical officer of health Robert Kyle. “The results obtained from this study could potentially add another useful tool in the surveillance and advanced identification of possible COVID-19 activity occurring within certain areas of the community.”Article content continued

With the project, there’s also a possibility for more targeted testing. For example, the team can test wastewater from long-term care homes. “ means there will be an early warning system in place for vulnerable populations,” a statement from the university read. The team intends to use the data to help inform the decision-making and responses of public health authorities, as they deal with future outbreaks.

The testing of wastewater can be particularly helpful in staving off COVID-19, as many patients are asymptomatic and can therefore transmit the disease before a person is diagnosed. In some cases, the tools used for sampling can pull positive infection data up to five days before residents begin showing symptoms.

 

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bit like testing a river to see if a moose shit in it upstream somewhere make work project

So it's in the water? onpoli

How's it going to work to be dumping raw sewage for 20 years. ?

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