Wastewater surveillance, an early warning system
Quadrant partnered with Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and SUNY ESF to implement wastewater testing in many communities and college campuses across New York State. Our collaboration has provided significant insight to local health officials and public policy makers monitoring COVID levels in their communities, regardless of individual surveillance.
Wastewater can detect one COVID infection in a population of 10,000
Wastewater surveillance allows for large populations to be efficiently and cost-effectively screened for the presence of the COVID-19 virus by detecting viral RNA shed into the sewer systems. Our analysis of wastewater samples provides local health officials and policymakers early warning of emerging SARS-CoV-2 infections in their communities. Wastewater Surveillance testing can detect one infection per 10,000 individuals.
How it works
- Quantifies SARS-CoV-2 viral load in the sample
- Qualitatively identifies trends in SARS-CoV-2 infections
- Standardizes samples using crAssphage, a common bacteriophage found in human stool
- Identifies trends of increasing or decreasing transmission of SARS-CoV-2