US CDC launches wastewater surveillance data to track COVID-19 trends

CDC Gambar dari Pusat Pengendalian dan Pencegahan Penyakit (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/CDC) Amerika Serikat (AS) ini menunjukkan dasbor yang melacak data pengawasan COVID-19 pada sampel air limbah di Amerika Serikat. Photo by: CDC

 Source: ANTARA
Date: February 7, 2022

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States (US) on Friday (4/2) launched new surveillance data for tracking COVID-19 in wastewater samples across the country. 

The CDC's Wastewater Monitoring tab will track SARS-CoV-2 levels in sewage at more than 400 test sites across the United States. 

This marks the first time CDC wastewater surveillance data is available for download. 

Wastewater surveillance is a promising tool for tracking the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the CDC said. Many people infected with COVID-19 pass the virus through their feces, so wastewater testing can help detect COVID-19 in the community. 

Because an increase in the SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater generally occurs four to six days before an increase in associated clinical cases, wastewater surveillance can serve as an early warning of an increase in COVID-19 cases and help the public take precautions, the CDC said. According to the CDC, wastewater testing has been used successfully as a method for detecting other diseases, such as polio.

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