The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic is far from being controlled and it is already a public health emergency of international concern officially declared by the World Health Organization.
Despite COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, the prolonged shedding of large amounts of coronavirus genomes in the feces, that ultimately reach wastewater, makes SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in sewage a sensitive tool to monitor the spread of the virus among the population.
Current procedures employed for SARS-CoV-2 water-based epidemiology are diverse and demand harmonization, as a step forward towards the development of standardized methodologies for sampling, testing methods, data reporting/analytics and public health interpretation.
Prof. Albert Bosch, PhD
Enteric Virus Laboratory, Universitat de Barcelona
Prof. Gertjan Medema, PhD
KWR Water Research Institute
Amy E Kirby, PhD, MPH
Environmental Microbiologist in the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Covadonga Caballo Diéguez, PhD
Deputy Director for Environmental and Occupational Health
General Directorate of Public Health of the Ministry of Health
Prof. Rosa María Pintó, PhD
Full Professor of Microbiology
University of Barcelona
Gloria Sánchez, PhD
Institute of Agrochemistry and 7 Food Technology, IATA-CSIC