SARS-CoV-2 found in wastewater

Two studies highlight the need to monitor and manage wastewater systems, especially in hospitals

SARS-CoV-2 RNA has been identified in wastewater in affected areas, suggesting the potential for transmission via plumbing systems, two groups of researchers report.


The findings have prompted the Dutch researchers to suggest the surveillance in wastewater is needed to supply additional data on COVID-19.

The team collected human wastewater samples weekly from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and tested them for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by quantitative RT-PCR.

Samples tested positive four days after the first cases of COVID-19 were