Tracking the spread of coronavirus through the sewers

On this episode of “In the Hive” we look at a novel method for detecting coronavirus – but one that has nothing to do with nasal swabs or blood tests. Instead, scientists are measuring the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in sewage. And in some instances they’re detecting the presence of the virus in communities well before anyone is exhibiting symptoms.


Erica Gaddis, Director of the Utah Division of Water Quality
Keith Roper, Head of the Dept. of Biological Engineering at Utah State University
Jennifer Weidhaas, Associate Professor in Civil And Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah