Aussie sci­en­tists find fast, cheaper way in trac­ing COVID-19 in waste­water

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

Can­berra: Re­searchers from Aus­tralia’s na­tional sci­ence agency have dis­cov­ered a faster and cheaper way to de­tect coron­avirus out­breaks through waste­water.

The Com­mon­wealth Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CSIRO) re­vealed that it has re­fined the meth­ods of con­cen­trat­ing and re­cov­er­ing the virus from waste­water sam­ples, which can in­di­cate the pres­ence of COVID-19 car­ri­ers in the com­mu­nity re­gard­less of whether they show symp­toms.

In the lat­est study, sci­en­tists have con­firmed the most cost-ef­fec­tive and rapid virus re­cov­ery process which ex­tracts virus in­for­ma­tion from waste­water, so it can be tested, with each sam­ple now tak­ing be­tween 15 to 30 min­utes to process.

War­ish Ahmed, a CSIRO re­searcher who led the study, said that waste­water mon­i­tor­ing would be cru­cial in pre­vent­ing the spread of COVID-19.

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