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How A New Wastewater Surveillance Method Predicted COVID-19 Cases in Italy  BY JOHANNA LEE

How A New Wastewater Surveillance Method Predicted COVID-19 Cases in Italy BY JOHANNA LEE

Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE), or sewershed surveillance, is the analysis of wastewater to identify the presence of biologicals or chemicals for the purpose of monitoring public health. In the past, WBE has been used to detect the presence of pharmaceutical or industrial waste, drugs and viruses. Now, it is seen as a valuable tool to monitor COVID-19 outbreaks.

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