|COVID sewer monitoring for cohousers||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Chuck Harrison (cfharrgmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:04:03 -0700 (PDT)|
I was interested to learn recently that CDC is coordinating a new program "National Wastewater Surveillance" which is looking for COVID viral RNA in city sewage. This is still in the pilot study phase but it looks to be both a good way to track rise and fall of infection rate in a region and also a good "sentinel" to detect new infections days or weeks before they would show up in public health case data. A nice feature of this is that researchers can get large-scale epidemiological data by sampling at a regional treatment plant, or focus in on neighborhoods or even specific targeted facilities like a nursing home or a university dorm by sampling at the right place. I would think you could monitor a single cohousing development in the same way. This could be an "early warning system" for a community, triggering tighter behavior and individual testing. I wonder if any of our communities are in a position to get involved in one of the research pilot studies that are starting up around the country right now. While it may be hard, right now, to justify using scarce testing resources on "sentinel" testing of healthy communities, I think that will change. We need to be thinking about a "new normal" after time has passed, laboratory capacity has been built up more, and we are living in a world that remains awash in COVID. Chuck Duwamish Cohousing
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