Why sewage testing for COVID-19 has become an airborne activity

CSIRO believes the flushed contents of a plane toilet can function as an early warning system

If you want to guarantee your scientific research attracts media attention, make sure it contains something to do with faeces.

It is this which probably explains some of the interest in the SARS-CoV-2 sewage surveillance program.

It was this which gave public health officers a mechanism for detecting whether the virus had arrived in particular communities, potentially before cases were being diagnosed en masse.

Now that the virus is here however, CSIRO scientists have been turning their attention to