Fecal Matters: Using Sludge, Sewage and Wastewater to Help Fight COVID Outbreaks

Oct 19, 2020

One person's trash (or more accurately, what they flush down the toilet) could be more than another person's treasure — it could aid in the fight against COVID-19.

A group of scientists at Yale University are using wastewater from sewage plants and sewers to predict were new coronavirus outbreaks might pop-up, giving communities a chance to stop them before they start.

"Sludge was my idea. I had worked for the last 10-15 years in sewage," said Professor Jordan Peccia, who is part of the university's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The team of scientists are knee-deep in "research" to analyze the sewer sludge, and look for concentrations of the coronavirus.

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