Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in commercial passenger aircraft and cruise ship wastewater: a surveillance tool for assessing the presence of COVID-19 infected travelers
OPEN Journal of travel medicine | 15 Jul 2020
W Ahmed, PM Bertsch, N Angel, K Bibby, A Bivins, L Dierens, J Edson, J Ehret, P Gyawali, K Hamilton, I Hosegood, P Hugenholtz, G Jiang, M Kitajima, HT Sichani, J Shi, KM Shimko, SL Simpson, WJM Smith, EM Symonds, KV Thomas Dsc, R Verhagen, J Zaugg and JF Mueller
Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can be an important source of information for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) management during and after the pandemic. Currently, governments and transportation industries around the world are developing strategies to minimise SARS-CoV-2 transmission associated with resuming activity. This study investigated the possible use of SARS-CoV-2 RNA wastewater surveillance from airline and cruise ship sanitation systems and its potential use as a COVID-19 public health management tool.
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