6 Aug 2020

Tracking Covid-19 through sewage

From Nine To Noon, 9:20 am on 6 August 2020
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ESR started examining sewage for traces of SARS-CoV-2 back in April, and is now routinely sampling wastewater at one quarantine isolation hotel in Auckland.

It's hoped sewage monitoring could eventually  help contain and mitigate virus outbreaks, should it leak out of quarantine and for future pandemics.

Until recently the technique was mainly used for monitoring illicit drug use. ESR research scientist Brent Gilpin talks to Lynn Freeman about the progress being made.