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CoVaRR-Net research advancing wastewater and surface testing in planes as early warning for new SARS-CoV-2 variants and other disease threats

February 7, 2023|

Airports worldwide are fast emerging as sentinels to watch for the entry and spread of new and emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants: they are testing wastewater on planes and perhaps soon, swabbing floors and surfaces in airports and planes as well. CoVaRR-Net’s Wastewater Surveillance Research Group (WWSRG) is playing a major role in improving this type of surveillance in Canada and worldwide.

Floors are a new tool for tracking SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses

October 25, 2022|

Given that PCR testing of individuals for COVID-19 and case reporting have declined in Canada, public health officials have relied increasingly on wastewater sampling and seroprevalence testing as useful surveillance tools for tracking the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and predicting outbreaks in large geographic areas, such as communities.

A bivalent COVID-19 vaccine tailored to Omicron BA.1 is approved in Canada, however the need remains for a pan-coronavirus vaccine

September 6, 2022|

With kids and teens back in school, students at university, Canadians spending more time indoors in the workplace and at social gatherings, and new variants always lurking, an 8th wave of COVID-19 is expected this fall. It’s not yet known how fast or how tall this next wave will be or whether it will be driven by a new variant or by waning immunity against the variants already present.

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