Boston area wastewater portends potential uptick in COVID-19 cases

Nov 11, 2021

Wastewater has been a consistent predictor of COVID-19 trends throughout the pandemic, and it may be predicting an increase in COVID-19 cases again this November, heading into the holiday season.

COVID-19 cases across the country have plateaued, even in Massachusetts, where recent cases have remained at a steady seven-day average of approximately 1,370. But the data shows a change may be coming. 

A graph, which was tweeted by Dr. Paul Sax, an infectious diseases doctor at Brigham and Women’s hospital, shows an increase in traces of COVID-19 detected in wastewater in Metro Boston from data accumulated by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

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