Researchers in the Netherlands found traces of the coronavirus in sewage in a city in the Netherlands even before the viruses were detected. Researchers believe that monitoring sewage may be an effective method for early detection of the virus in different communities.
Research in the Netherlands has found an interesting way to detect early signs of the Coronavirus in communities, even before a person carrying the virus was diagnosed. Investigators were able to find the virus in sewage in an area where corona cases have not yet been reported. Has there been a new and effective way to identify the coronavirus early?
The research was done by researchers from the KWR Water Research Institute in Newquay, The Netherlands. According to the researchers, traces of the coronavirus can be found in the stool of an infected person. But there is a low likelihood that sewers will form a significant adhesion. However, as the virus continues to spread in different communities, so does the virus’s presence in sewer systems.
Researchers were able to locate coronavirus genetic material at a sewage treatment plant in Amersfoot on March 5, before corona cases in the city, located about 50 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam, were reported. For sewage workers, but also to determine if sewage surveillance can be used to monitor the spread of coronavirus in our communities, “said Prof. Gertian Medme, chief microbiologist at the KWR Institute and one of the co-authors.” Corona suffering from the most severe symptoms. ”
Sewage surveillance is a well-established method for detecting antibiotic-resistant bacteria, as well as viruses such as polio virus and for the detection of illicit prescription drugs. According to the researchers, this is a first report of tracing the coronavirus in sewage water. In addition, monitoring for sewage may help to alert you to another outbreak of the virus in places where the prevalence of the virus has decreased.
As the threat of secondary waves of the virus spreads across East Asian countries, this method may be effective for early detection and thus prepare for the scenario of another deadly virus outbreak. It should be noted that the study has not yet been peer reviewed, meaning that experts from the field have not yet tested it to ascertain its quality, so it may take some time before they start using this method.