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(BBC)   Testing sewage for coronavirus could be an "easy win", though the people actually doing it would probably beg to differ   (bbc.co.uk) divider line
    More: Interesting, Sewage treatment, Virus, Sewage, DNA, Standardized test, Epidemiology, Wastewater, early problems  
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2020-07-02 4:18:19 PM  
Testing sewage is how a number of locations make drug usage estimates. Once the sewage test for the Rona is proven it will be a good surveillance tool for public health.
 
2020-07-02 5:34:09 PM  
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2020-07-02 5:34:10 PM  
Mapping infection through the sewers

I am at a loss for a more disgusting phrase
 
2020-07-02 6:00:30 PM  

syrynxx: Mapping infection through the sewers

I am at a loss for a more disgusting phrase


Wasn't that the title of a Ted Nuggent album in the late 80s?
 
2020-07-02 6:01:22 PM  
It tastes different
 
2020-07-02 6:01:55 PM  
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2020-07-02 6:02:05 PM  

phrawgh: syrynxx: Mapping infection through the sewers

I am at a loss for a more disgusting phrase

Wasn't that the title of a Ted Nuggent album in the late 80s?


I read that as "Turd Nugget"
 
2020-07-02 6:03:22 PM  

Salmon: It tastes different


Corny or nutty?
 
2020-07-02 6:06:53 PM  
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WINNING!!!
 
2020-07-02 6:17:38 PM  
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2020-07-02 6:18:05 PM  
It depends on where you take samples. Considering right now every hospital has 'rona patients you will always get positive results if you let all sources to a given treatment plant co-mingle.
 
2020-07-02 6:22:41 PM  
So this could be the #2--possibly even #1--tool in tracking the spread of the virus?
 
2020-07-02 6:35:03 PM  
No shiat?

Yes, shiat.
 
2020-07-02 6:42:26 PM  

fragMasterFlash: It depends on where you take samples. Considering right now every hospital has 'rona patients you will always get positive results if you let all sources to a given treatment plant co-mingle.


It's not a matter of positive/negative; the idea is that by measuring virus per unit volume you can work out the trend of active covid-19 cases, i.e. if it's increasing or decreasing in the area served by that treatment plant.

Since everybody poops it's a pretty reliable measure as long as you compensate for things like rain and do lots of averaging over multiple samples.  Really the big win is that you are essentially testing the entire population of that area every single day.  The result is a rough number, but it's daily and who really cares about getting a number down to the exact person when you're doing pandemic control.
 
2020-07-02 6:47:04 PM  
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2020-07-02 6:48:44 PM  
Ed Norton approves.
 
2020-07-02 6:55:55 PM  
CSB.
I perform studies for electrical distribution systems. About 10% of which are upgrades to water treatment facil... sorry, 'plants' (because WTP is more professional than WTF) Usually we depend on the EC to gather existing system data such as conductor sizes, lengths, breaker models and settings (if any).

So, about 15 to 20 years ago, pre-'i can do this on my own, because PE stamp', the engineer i was under wanted me to ask for data on an end panel.    These days, partly because of this, and to save time, we don't.

EC comes back with 'we are not going near that panel, it is covered in raw sewage.' Mmm poop coverred panel. That room must have been a joy to be in.

/CSB
 
2020-07-02 7:05:00 PM  

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WINNING!!!


Is that Ted Cruz?
 
2020-07-02 7:24:14 PM  
Well, that's the soft option.
 
2020-07-02 7:24:58 PM  
Is it being pooh-poohed?
 
2020-07-02 8:04:22 PM  
Ok. So it comes back positive. Now what? Ask an entire city block to self-quarantine?
 
2020-07-02 8:28:13 PM  

fragMasterFlash: It depends on where you take samples. Considering right now every hospital has 'rona patients you will always get positive results if you let all sources to a given treatment plant co-mingle.


I was gonna say... isn't it going to be everywhere?
 
2020-07-03 2:15:48 AM  
Maybe this explains the naked guy in Duluth, MN.
 
2020-07-03 3:36:19 AM  
looks like a job for Septic Man!

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Living the pipe dream!
 
2020-07-03 3:44:48 AM  

SecondaryControl: So this could be the #2--possibly even #1--tool in tracking the spread of the virus?


Another tool is to look at the mutations of the virus. By tracking that we for instance know some dumbass Danish tourists brought it to Denmark from Austria, and the Danish variant then spread to the Nordic countries and the Baltics.

USA could for instance do the same, which states are the ones spreading the new mutation.
 
2020-07-03 3:47:20 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: SecondaryControl: So this could be the #2--possibly even #1--tool in tracking the spread of the virus?

Another tool is to look at the mutations of the virus. By tracking that we for instance know some dumbass Danish tourists brought it to Denmark from Austria, and the Danish variant then spread to the Nordic countries and the Baltics.

USA could for instance do the same, which states are the ones spreading the new mutation.


Finding the Confederate Grippe in your sewer brings property values down.
 
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