Ohio University professors Guy Riefler, Ph.D., and Karen Coschigano, Ph.D., are monitoring and analyzing campus wastewater to look for possible trends of COVID-19 this semester.
The new project officially started in January, and is made possible by funding from Ohio State University’s Ohio Water Resources Center. The two professors, with assistance from students, will oversee the project for the entire spring semester.
“One of the real advantages of looking for COVID-19 this way is that people shed the virus before they express symptoms and if people are asymptomatic, they will also shed the virus without knowing they’re infected,” Riefler, civil engineering chair and professor in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology), said. “When you collect the samples in the wastewater and analyze them, you can get a result a day after collecting the sample and that can be one to two weeks before the individual even knows they’re infected.”
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