UGA scientists use wastewater to track virus trends

Scientists at the University of Georgia are using wastewater to track COVID-19 trends in the Athens community. Channel 2 anchor Jorge Estevez followed the process from the Middle Oconee Water Reclamation Facility to the lab, where scientists track the levels of SARS-COV-2 in the wastewater. “You can tell a lot by a community by what’s flushed,” said Dr. Erin Lipp, an environmental health science professor at the University of Georgia. “We can tell you when public health measures are working, and they can tell you when you’ve got a problem that may be emerging.”

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