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BUILDING LOCAL CAPACITY TO TRACK & FIGHT AGAINST THE COMMUNITY SPREAD OF SARS-COV-2November 10, 2020

McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering is co-creating sampling and analytical protocols and providing a roadmap for best practices that could be adopted, with our partners, across the province. This will equip local facilities to detect COVID-19 earlier and more effectively.

No matter how many COVID-19 tests are done, current methods suffer from serious limitations. Asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic individuals prevent governments from getting accurate rates of COVID-19 infection, delaying public health responses. Cutting edge global and domestic research confirms that COVID-19 can be reliably detected in the feces of affected individuals including those with mild to no symptoms – an area where clinical tests fall short. A broad wastewater testing system may be able to continually test and accurately report on the spread of disease within communities to address a crucial need not only for the current pandemic, but for future outbreaks

Dr. Gail Krantzberg & Dr. Zobia Jawed kindly ask new and existing partners to complete the wastewater research survey from COVID-19 Consortium of Ontario (CWCO).

Video Credit: ONTARIO MUNICIPAL WATER ASSOCIATION