COVID-19 Detection in Wastewater
The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic has accelerated the scientific importance of early, specific, and cost-effective detection of the virus in wastewater streams. Wastewater screening allows for early viral detection, possibly before infected individuals are symptomatic and infectious. Early identification of waste-stream pathogens may reduce community disease spread by acting as an early warning system.
We are analyzing the municipal wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by purifying and quantifying viral RNA. This data will help better understand the relationship between community surveillance and controlling the disease outbreak and spread. Our research team is optimizing methodology that could increase the specificity, sensitivity, and efficiency of pathogen variants detection in a municipal wastewater system.