UI to begin testing wastewater for COVID-19

Feb 5, 2021

The University of Iowa will soon begin testing wastewater to help monitor for an elevated presence of COVID-19 on campus.

It will focus on residence halls and help detect the virus among the student population.

Research shows those who have been infected by the virus can shed virus particles through their feces.

Wastewater testing will help detect infections days before someone becomes symptomatic or asymptomatic.

If results show an increase presence of the virus within the campus residence, students from the building will be offered the chance to be tested for the virus.

This program is still in the planning phase.

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