Not exactly a waste

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Not exactly a waste
UMH REPORT: Long way to go before wastewater can accurately detect number of inhabitants with coronavirus Photo credit: O Comunicacion

THE presence of Covid-19 in wastewater does not necessarily determine the pandemic’s situation at that particular moment.

This was one of the principal conclusions of a report that Miguel Hernandez University (UMH) researchers prepared at the request of Mireia Molla, who heads the regional government’s Environment department.

“There is still a long way to go before this tool can be used to evaluate – even approximately – the number of inhabitants who could be affected by the coronavirus,” maintained the team headed by Jose Navarro Pedreño.

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“There are many variables that can affect the water, including seasonal factors that could modify its temperature or alter samples owing to rainfall.”

In future, the report continued, it would be desirable to unify the methods used, even when the wastewater’s characteristics are different, as a framework for a study inside the Valencian Community, the report suggested.


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