Wastewater tests in France could help monitor Covid-19

Analysis of wastewater has been suggested as a way to monitor the health of the population during Covid-19

Regular testing of wastewater in France would enable scientists to monitor the spread of Covid-19, help identify a possible “second wave” of the virus, and allow wider health recommendations, experts have said.

In an article published this week (Thursday April 23), co-authors Sébastien Wurtzer and Laurent Moulin from Paris water authority Eau de Paris, along with scientific researchers from La Sorbonne university, said that regular analysis of wastewater across the country would act as a “complementary and essential monitoring” of the health of the population, alongside other safety recommendations.

Samples of wastewater could help researchers understand how widespread the virus is, and whether it has spread to populations that currently have relatively ...

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