U of G Researchers Testing University Residence Wastewater as Early Detector of COVID Outbreaks

Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Preventing outbreaks of COVID-19 on university campuses could be achieved by testing the sewer system in specific areas of those campuses.

That is what University of Guelph research collaborators Prof. Lawrence Goodridge in Food Science, Prof. Ed McBean in Engineering, Prof. Andrew Papadopoulos in Population Medicine, and Prof. Heather Murphy in Pathobiology are about to do on the U of G campus.

With outbreaks on campuses across Canada a strong possibility, Goodridge and McBean are developing a wastewater testing methodology to detect levels of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is released in human feces. Increases in levels of the virus in the sewer system is an early warning sign that an outbreak may be underway on a campus.

The Globe and Mail recently featured the research.

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