By Linda Hall • 18 May 2020 • 16:40
CALPE: Wastewater analysis can reveal coronavirus’ presence, credit: Chisloup
WASTEWATER in Calpe sewers is to be analysed to detect the presence, concentration and evolution of SARS-Co-2 which causes Covid-19.
Samples are currently being taken and tested over a two-week period with findings made available to the Health authorities.
Cross-referenced with Health department data, this gives earlier notice than the usual markers while at the same time giving a more complete picture of the pandemic’s advance or retrocession.
The coronavirus leaves a genetic trail (RNA) that remains in the body for three weeks, explained Gamaser, the laboratory at Global Omnium to which the Aguas de Calpe water company belongs.
“RNA is expelled from the body in faeces and other secretions from the first day of infection even though patients may have no symptoms or are unaware that they are affected,” said Gamaser, which is analysing the wastewater.
“We can pinpoint and control the virus in small localities and even neighbourhoods,” the laboratory explained.
Neither will the initiative involve cost for the town hall as all costs will be met by Global Omnium.
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