May 14 2021
The role of wastewater surveillance in the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic
With many public health experts believing that COVID-19 will continue to be a global health problem for years to come, the need for SARS-CoV-2 testing will remain. However, the type of testing will likely change. For regions where the virus is not very widespread and the number of diagnostic tests has declined, surveillance testing of wastewater for SARS-CoV-2 can be an efficient and cost-effective way to understand and anticipate potential outbreaks. In this episode, we speak with three scientists from Combinati, a company that has commercialised a digital PCR platform, on how their technology is being used by universities and municipalities in the United States to analyse wastewater for SARS-CoV-2 surveillance, and the unique advantages of digital PCR for this application.