Researchers at the University of Guelph are getting funding for a research project that aims to spot COVID-19 infections before they happen.
It all involves measuring the levels of the SARS-CoV-2, the disease-causing virus, in community wastewater to locate where potential new waves could be appear, according to the release.
COVID-19 can be found in the feces of infected people, it presents another opportunity to track the virus as well as how much control cities have over the spread.
Engineering Professor Ed McBean along with professor Lawrence Goodridge, an expert in food- and water-borne pathogens, will be receiving $50,000 in federal funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada for the project. Stantec, a design and consulting firm, is also providing an in-kind donation of $14,000 for the project.
The hope is the project will be able to provide governments of all levels, more information on when and where the virus is spreading, providing the opportunity to stem or stamp out the new wave of infection before it starts.
The project also provides opportunities in the future to potentially expand to other diseases, creating an early warning system for cities.