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May 18, 2020

Rapid Response COVID-19, Ep.4: Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater

Despite intensive study of SARS and MERS, we still lack a fundamental understanding of coronavirus behavior in the environment. Most importantly, we do not know how coronavirus spreads and how long it remains infective when exposed to sunlight. The goal of this RAPID research project is to address these questions to better predict transport. A secondary goal of this research project is to determine whether virus monitoring in wastewater treatment facilities can be used to catch outbreaks early. The interview is with the lead researcher Krista Wigginton, an engineering professor at the University of Michigan, and Karl Rockne, a program director in NSF's Engineering Directorate.

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