Stellenbosch university flushes in its clues-in-poo Covid-19 plan

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Stellenbosch university flushes in its clues-in-poo Covid-19 plan

Faeces from the university’s residences will be monitored for genetic traces of SARS-CoV-2

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Stellenbosch university is going ahead with plans to install passive sampling devices in the sewer lines from student residences to monitor effluent for traces of Covid-19.

Dr Edward Archer, a research associate in the university’s microbiology department, said  wastewater-based platform was an extra measure to help the institution detect outbreaks of the disease on campus.

“Firstly, it is impossible to do screening tests on every student at regular, short intervals,” he said...

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