Norwegian FHI wants to investigate sewage to detect coronavirus

Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB


Investigation of sewage has previously revealed drug use. Currently, researchers want to use sewage to detect coronavirus.

Stinking wastewater can, in fact, provide clues to the increase in infections and their types. This is especially useful when the corona test requirements have been relaxed.

In Sweden, researchers have been working on similar projects for over a year. Sewage has been tested in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands also carry out such wastewater monitoring.

The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) is currently working on a testing project in Norway. First, sewage from the Tromso, Trondheim, Bergen, Oslo, and Urensakar / Gardermorn areas will be tested.

The feces and secretions of the infected person are discharged to the wastewater and transported to the municipal treatment plant. In this project, samples will be taken from untreated wastewater.

FHI wants to use the sample to map new viral variants and viral genetic composition within the sample.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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