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.