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Oct 30, 2020

Alberta excrement being tested for COVID-19 as researchers refine sewage surveillance

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

“The logistics of clinical testing don’t let you sample everybody, but sewage does sample everybody.”-Steve Hrudey.


Raw sewage being flushed into Alberta’s municipal wastewater plants could help public health officials better track — and predict — the spread of COVID-19.

A team of Alberta scientists has joined a growing international effort to sample wastewater for traces of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease.

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