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Stanford CEE Researchers track COVID-19 with Sewage Surveillance

How many people have been infected with the new coronavirus? A group of Bay Area researchers aims to find out—by tracking what's in the local wastewater.

Professor Alexandria Boehm, whose team studies microbes in the environment, will soon begin analyzing sewage samples for traces of genetic material from SARS-CoV-2. Stanford graduate student Sinnott-Armstrong who is normally studying genetics has been making the rounds of the Bay Area’s wastewater treatment plants, collecting samples that may offer clues to Covid-19’s spread around the region.

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