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Predicting COVID-19 Spikes: UNR Wastewater Study Can See Trend One Week Ahead of Positive Tests

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2021-03-24 02:03:43

A University of Nevada, Reno study can show a COVID-19 spike an entire week before people test positive for the virus in the community. Krishna Pagilla, an environmental engineering professor at UNR and leader of the study, said “...It’s predictive for seven days ahead, telling us the trend in new positive cases we’ll see in the community in that timeframe. It’s predictive because people don’t get tested until they have symptoms, but our marker concentrations are real time – as soon as the virus is discharged into the wastewater.”

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