Webinar on Wastewater-based Epidemiology on Tuesday, 7 September, 1.30-3.00 pm CEST

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Webinar on Wastewater-based Epidemiology on Tuesday, 7 September, 1.30-3.00 pm CEST

Hi SuSanA friends, 

GWOPA/UN-Habitat invites you to an upcoming webinar on Wastewater-based Epidemiology on Tuesday, 7 September, 1.30-3.00 pm CEST.

Screening municipal wastewater for viruses and environmental pollutants is not a new concept. However, COVID-19 has shed light on just how relevant it is. In June 2020, as part of its COVID-19 webinar series , GWOPA/GIZ opened a lively discussion between utilities on wastewater monitoring. Please join us for part two of these talks, where we delve a little deeper into what has happened since then. As part of GWOPA’s 2021 webinar series, this session will bring together experts in the urban sanitation and wastewater fields as well as water/wastewater utilities from different regions to hear about challenges, solutions and outlooks related to wastewater-based epidemiology.

Presentations will showcase the most recent state of research, before presenting and discussing utility experiences on the following questions:
  • What are the benefits of using wastewater to track the spread of infectious diseases?
  • What good practices, sampling methods and (low-cost) tools exist to monitor wastewater for viruses and other pollutants?
  • What needs to be done to enable and/or strengthen SARS-CoV-2 monitoring as part of wastewater monitoring systems?
  • What type of support do they need and receive?
  • What are the possibilities around peer-to-peer exchange on wastewater monitoring? 
The webinars will be simultaneously translated into English, French and Spanish.

Of course, SuSanA´s close partners will be present too, such as South Africa`s Water Research Commission (WRC) - check out their impressive repository on this! Covid-19 – Water Research Commission , and Nitya Jacob, the SuSanA India Chapter Coordinator. 

Register HERE:  https://forms.office.com/r/cQP1KA5Mfe

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Re: Webinar on Wastewater-based Epidemiology on Tuesday, 7 September, 1.30-3.00 pm CEST

Hi Franzi,

Sounds like an interesting webinar. I am wondering if you or any of the experts from the webinar could take a look at a previous discussion we had on this topic and provide comments there. See e.g. in this thread  here  and the relevant sub-category here

I had written there my thoughts on this topic:

My gut feeling is probably similar to yours: wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) seems to be a bit of a "scientific toy" at present, showing perhaps some interesting results in hindsight but not useful to predict anything or to prevent the spread of Covid. Here in Australia we occasionally hear in the news: "Covid detected in sewage in Brisbane" and then no new cases pop up. On the other hand, on those occasions when new cases did pop up and we had to go into lockdown, WBE results had NOT given any warning. I guess for the situation in Australia (which is still pursuing an elimination strategy for Covid), such detection methods would anyhow not be sensitive enough, given that sewage catchments are for 100,000 people or more, and only e.g. a dozen people in the catchment have the virus. Then there is also virus shedding from people who no longer have Covid but had it at some point in the past, which can also give misleading results. 

Secondly, could you ask them to give the Wikipedia article on this topic a quick review and provide comments on what's needed to improve it?:
   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wastewater-based_epidemiology

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