TVO: Sleuthing in sewage to track down COVID-19

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.”

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Hamilton Spectator: Flushing out COVID-19: Will sewage testing help track pandemic outbreaks in Hamilton?

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.

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