Hamilton scientists Zobia Jawed and Gail Krantzberg say that the new COVID-19-tracking project they’re running at McMaster University relies on a “bottom-up” approach. That’s in reference to the fact that the effort relies on forming partnerships across the province, but it can also be taken another way: the professors want to develop an Ontario-wide method for detecting the novel coronavirus in municipal sewage systems. “This is just an amazing project to look at, because it’s different,” Jawed says. “It’s unique.”
Could the water we flush away help communities track COVID-19? Dr. Zobia Jawed and Dr. Gail Krantzberg joined CHCH Morning Live to share more on this project.
Hamilton residents could soon help flush out COVID-19 outbreaks with every trip to the loo.
The city is eyeing two different experiments — including one pitched by McMaster University researchers — that would test sewage flowing into the Woodward treatment plant to measure spikes in coronavirus infection.
It turns out pandemic poo could be an early warning system for fresh COVID-19 outbreaks in cities.