Dirty business: Tracking COVID-19 through sewage
Researchers in Michigan are working to track the spread of COVID-19 by testing sewage.
it may seem a little gross, but doctors say tracking sewage is a good way to track the virus. Macomb County officials say they're willing to do anything to make sure their people stay healthy. So here's how it works. The county will have automated testing equipment and sewage pump stations, which will be able to sample tests and report back to health officials who contract and possibly predict future covert outbreaks. As the county health commissioner, Candice Miller, explained in the video online, If you do have cove it, you could be shutting this virus. And when you do so goes down your toilet, okay, it's like taking a blood test. Health experts across the country are already touting the benefits of this same kind of tracking. The city of Detroit in Michigan state have been tracking viruses this way since 2017 and yesterday, Yale's College of Medicine released a study suggesting viral shedding could be happening as long as two weeks before someone is symptomatic. Program won't officially start until next month, but there are still some things that need to be put in place become, county officials say. Once it's up and running, findings will be posted for everyone to see through an online dashboard where anyone will be able to track where the virus is and what they can do to stop the spread. How we're going to beat this thing is through our own personal responsibility in our own personal behavior. And the way that we can do that and help is by giving more information to the individuals. This pump station and Clinton Township is just the pilot program officials say, if this works well expanded to the rest of the county, hoping to ward off that second wave of the virus, including township grand terms, Local four.