Monitoring COVID-19: Could Medicine Found in Wastewater Provide an Early Warning?
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In a pilot project exploring ways to monitor COVID-19, University at Buffalo scientists hunted for pharmaceuticals and viral RNA simultaneously in wastewater in Western New York.
The results of their study, published on May 18 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, suggest that measuring the concentrations of medicines in wastewater could add another layer to disease-monitoring efforts.
“Wastewater-based disease surveillance is being done worldwide through monitoring of viral RNA,” says lead scientist Diana Aga, PhD, director of the UB RENEW Institute and Henry M. Woodburn Professor of Chemistry in the ...