New York City Considers Testing Sewage for Coronavirus

Jul 2, 2020

New York City residents produce more than a billion gallons of sewage a day and nearly every toilet is connected to the public sewer system. That wastewater tells a story about the health of the city, and officials are hoping to use it as a new way to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Officials for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection have in recent days honed a process that can detect the genetic material of the disease in wastewater. Analyzing the sewage, a process that the department regularly...

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