Working Paper Communication Version 2 This version is not peer-reviewed

Sars-Cov-2 Wastewater Surveillance for Public Health Action: Connecting Perspectives From Wastewater Researchers and Public Health Officials During a Global Pandemic

Version 1 : Received: 3 April 2021 / Approved: 6 April 2021 / Online: 6 April 2021 (10:15:25 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 4 June 2021 / Approved: 7 June 2021 / Online: 7 June 2021 (13:01:18 CEST)

How to cite: McClary-Gutierrez, J.; Mattioli, M.; Marcenac, P.; Silverman, A.; Boehm, A.; Bibby, K.; Balliet, M.; de los Reyes III, F.; Gerrity, D.; Griffith, J.; Holden, P.; Katehis, D.; Kester, G.; LaCross, N.; Lipp, E.; Meiman, J.; Noble, R.; Brossard, D.; McLellan, S. Sars-Cov-2 Wastewater Surveillance for Public Health Action: Connecting Perspectives From Wastewater Researchers and Public Health Officials During a Global Pandemic. Preprints 2021, 2021040167 McClary-Gutierrez, J.; Mattioli, M.; Marcenac, P.; Silverman, A.; Boehm, A.; Bibby, K.; Balliet, M.; de los Reyes III, F.; Gerrity, D.; Griffith, J.; Holden, P.; Katehis, D.; Kester, G.; LaCross, N.; Lipp, E.; Meiman, J.; Noble, R.; Brossard, D.; McLellan, S. Sars-Cov-2 Wastewater Surveillance for Public Health Action: Connecting Perspectives From Wastewater Researchers and Public Health Officials During a Global Pandemic. Preprints 2021, 2021040167

Abstract

Wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 has garnered extensive public attention during the COVID-19 pandemic as a proposed complement to existing disease surveillance systems. Over the past year, methods for detection and quantification of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in untreated sewage have advanced, and concentrations in wastewater have been shown to correlate with trends in reported cases. Despite the promise of wastewater surveillance, for these measurements to translate into useful public health tools, it is necessary to bridge the communication and knowledge gaps between researchers and public health responders. Here we describe the key uses, barriers, and applicability of SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance for supporting public health decisions and actions, including establishing ethical consideration for monitoring. Overall, while wastewater surveillance to assess community infections is not a new idea, by addressing these barriers, the COVID-19 pandemic may be the initiating event that turns this emerging public health tool into a sustainable nationwide surveillance system.

Subject Areas

SARS-CoV-2; wastewater surveillance

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Received: 7 June 2021
Commenter: Sandra McLellan
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