SARS-Cov-2 / COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance
Wastewater sampling is the most reliable and non-invasive means to achieve early detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. SARS-CoV-2 sampling in wastewater allows for early detection of outbreaks. While clinical PCR tests can provide results within approximately seven days after infection, the virus is detectable in the stool within just two days of infection. Symptoms causing the spread typically appear on the fifth day so, while clinical tests are critical in diagnosing the virus, wastewater surveillance is essential in reducing its impact. By sampling for the virus in wastewater, municipalities, universities, and other organizations can predict outbreaks in asymptomatic carriers and take preventative measures to help stop the spread.
EST’s extensive experience in wastewater sampling and monitoring has allowed us to offer superior guidance and solutions to a variety of public sector and private clients throughout the United States. EST can develop and implement a comprehensive sampling program including making recommendations for appropriate sampling locations, equipment installation and rentals, sample collection using approved protocols, and equipment maintenance and trouble shooting.
If you are interested in learning more about how EST Associates can assist you with a COVID-19 wastewater sampling program, please contact us today for more information.
Wastewater Surveillance In the News
The New Yorker – An Untested Source of Pandemic Data? The Sewer
CNN – CDC unveils its latest weapon in Covid-19 detection: wastewater
Boston Globe – Wastewater Monitoring must be used as a Tool to Mitigate Future COVID Surges
Forbes – Coronavirus Rates Jump at Some Wastewater Sites – Even as Case Counts Decline
NBC – Wastewater Samples Reveal Record Levels of Coronavirus across U.S.
Northeastern University – Has Omnicron Peaked? An Unexpected Source Offers Clues