COVID-19: Technology developed to track spread of coronavirus could be abused, privacy campaigner warns
Phil Booth, coordinator at MedConfidential, warns that increased monitoring of wastewater from sinks, drains and toilets, which can reveal infections and drug use, needs to be properly regulated.
It began testing its Microtox PD mobile COVID monitoring system in UK municipal sewage treatment works last year.Paul Ryan, chief business development officer at the firm's parent company, Deepverge, told Sky News he expects the new device to be available for hire within months to monitor COVID in buildings including schools, hospitals and hotels.
"This is about surveillance, this is about identifying the presence of COVID and other pathogens ahead of time," he said."I think there's a growing consensus that wastewater based epidemiology offers a whole new layer of information which allows national health surveillance."Read more: Sky News »
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Coronavirus It began testing its Microtox PD mobile COVID monitoring system in UK municipal sewage treatment works last year.variant of covid-19 has spread it has become clear that the symptoms it causes are less severe than those induced by its predecessors.considered to be far superior , Pfizer’s, takes six to eight months to manufacture.Image caption, Students will return to Ulster University's lecture theatres and laboratories Ulster University (UU) has told students that face-to-face teaching will take place as normal when the new term begins on 24 January.
Paul Ryan, chief business development officer at the firm's parent company, Deepverge, told Sky News he expects the new device to be available for hire within months to monitor COVID in buildings including schools, hospitals and hotels. "This is about surveillance, this is about identifying the presence of COVID and other pathogens ahead of time," he said. Unfortunately Omicron has also caused a surge in infections—so isolation rules have forced millions of people to remain at home, even though they may feel well enough to go to work. "I think there's a growing consensus that wastewater based epidemiology offers a whole new layer of information which allows national health surveillance. “Instead, this feels like the hardest and most chaotic stretch of the pandemic." Image: Modern Water's new mobile surveillance platform The testing of raw sewage has been dramatically increased since the discovery in 2020 that it contains remnants of the COVID-19 virus. In December America’s Centres for Disease Control halved this period , from ten days to five, and Britain’s government reduced it from ten days to seven with evidence of two negative tests. Last year the UK government's Joint Biosecurity Centre opened a new laboratory near Exeter which is now testing thousands of samples taken from sewage treatment works and individual drains every week. Prior to that, most degree courses had been taught entirely remotely since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A report published in September 2021 said the centre's Environmental Monitoring for Health Protection programme was covering approximately 40 million people in England. How risky is it to shorten isolation, and has Omicron changed the equation? The Economist today Handpicked stories, in your inbox A daily newsletter with the best of our journalism Sign up Early variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, had an average incubation period (the time between infection and symptoms appearing, if they do) of six days, according to an analysis of peer-reviewed studies. Myron Cohen. The increased monitoring comes as the identification of illegal drug use from sewage analysis is growing, according to an EU report published last year into monitoring between 2011 and 2020. The report ranked 80 European towns and cities, none of which are in the UK, for consumption of codeine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and MDMA, based on drug residues found in sewage. For symptomatic patients, the World Health Organisation recommends at least ten days in isolation after the onset of symptoms, including at least three after symptoms disappear. "The results provide a valuable snapshot of the drug flow through the cities involved," it said. They are the first COVID-19 treatments patients can take at home, and thus could reduce the burden on hospitals. The UK Health Security Agency, which oversees the national wastewater monitoring programme, told Sky News its wastewater programme follows government data protection standards. But governments’ recommendations vary, and some are stricter than others: New Zealand requires unvaccinated people to isolate for 14 days, but reduces that to ten for the vaccinated." Cafes and other catering facilities on UU's campuses will be open as well as libraries, sports centres and other student services.
"The data provided to local and national decision-makers relating to COVID-19 is not considered personal data," the agency said in an emailed response. "It cannot identify infected individuals or homes as it is designed to provide insights at a community level. A study of six early Omicron cases in America, published by the CDC on December 28th, found the median incubation period to be three days, compared with around five days for other variants. didn’t make the kind of mass purchases in advance that it did with vaccines." Related Topics .