A year ago, testing sewage for COVID-19 was a new fringe science with an attention-grabbing gross-out factor. The words “poop” and “coronavirus” were making headlines across the country. So, what has happened in the interim to all that human-waste sampling and its potential to predict where COVID-19 is spreading? The short answer is that it […]
Your poop may soon serve as an early warning system for Colorado coronavirus outbreaks
Toilets from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs will soon become important tools in Colorado’s efforts to establish an early warning system for the novel coronavirus. The state of Colorado has committed half a million dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds for a year-long pilot program to test sewage. The testing will pinpoint COVID-19-carrying genetic fragments […]
Colorado sewage treatment plants are examining your poop for coronavirus clues. Seriously.
For 24 hours starting early every Sunday morning, small pipes suck samples from the river of sewage flowing into the South Platte Water Renewal Partners wastewater treatment plant in Englewood for 24 hours. The tubes deposit the raw sewage into containers inside a box that resembles a mini fridge. Goggled, masked and gloved workers then […]