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Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an acute respiratory disease induced by SARS-CoV-2. To date >1,000,000 deaths have been reported worldwide. Although testing capacity has expanded, Canada still faces challenges to realizing wider scale testing. A promising alternative to large-scale population testing in Canada may lie literally beneath our feet in our municipal sewer systems. This Mitacs program will measure SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA signal in wastewater system to track the trends in community infections of Windsor-Essex area and expand into London-Middlesex region. Wastewater-based epidemiology will provide an early-warning of re-emergence of infection in a community thus aiding in public health decision-making.
SM Research Inc.
Biochemistry / Molecular biology
Professional, scientific and technical services
University of Windsor
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