The Role of Wastewater Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance
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Wastewater testing for SARS-CoV-2 is relatively new; however, it builds on existing public health surveillance infrastructure. There is a limited but growing evidence base for its use, despite notable interpretation challenges. Wastewater testing results have helped to inform public health policy and interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario and other jurisdictions. Wastewater testing for SARS-CoV-2 is useful for early detection of outbreaks and surges as well as population-wide surveillance of COVID-19 that is complementary to clinical testing. Further, it offers an efficient means of SARS-CoV-2 surveillance for specific settings such as correctional facilities, shelters, and university residences. Wastewater testing can also be used for the detection and monitoring of variants of concern (VOCs).
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Douglas G. Manuel, Robert Delatolla, David Fisman, Meghan Fuzzen, Tyson E. Graber, Gabrielle M. Katz, JinHee Kim, Chrystal Landgraff, Alex MacKenzie, Antonina Maltsev, Anna Majury, R. Michael McKay, John Minnery, Mark. R. Servos, J. Scott Weese, Allison McGeer, Karen B. Born, Kali Barrett, Brian Schwartz, Peter Jüni (2021). The Role of Wastewater Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/18398