Our Researchers Discuss Tracking COVID-19 in Wastewater with the Media


Ottawa, Ontario — Monday August 31, 2020

Dr. Alex MacKenzie is leading a multidisciplinary team to investigate if wastewater biomarkers can identify potential COVID-19 community activity. He has been speaking to the press about their study Quantitative analysis of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from wastewater solids in communities with low COVID-19 incidence and prevalence.  The measurement of the virus, which is passed fecally, in wastewater represents a single-point metric potentially reflecting a given’s community disease activity. This approach may be particularly important given real supply chain issues limiting population-based COVID 19 screening. They have also discovered SARS-CoV-2 Protein in Wastewater Mirrors COVID-19 Prevalence, which could help local decision-makers schedule resources before test results show spikes.

For a daily presentation of the data, please visit https://613covid.ca/wastewater/.

The team was most recently featured in the Citizen, discussing how the numbers have doubled. Previously, the research team was featured on “All in a Day” on CBC, “The Goods” on CFRA, and this Postmedia coverage.

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