‘Very High’ Levels of COVID Found In New York State Resident’s Poop
Health officials are worried because "very high" levels of COVID were found in wastewater across New York State.
Wastewater testing is revealing a surge of COVID-19 across the U.S., particularly in the Northeast, as well as in the South and West.
COVID Detected In New York State Wastewater
In September 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC launched the National Wastewater Surveillance System to track the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in wastewater samples collected across the country.
Officials track COVID in wastewater so communities can act quickly to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The testing is a way to find out how prevalent the virus is in areas, even if people are showing no symptoms.
"People infected can shed the virus in their feces, even if they don’t have symptoms," the CDC states. "This allows wastewater surveillance to serve as an early warning that COVID-19 is spreading in a community.
"Very High Levels of COVID Found In New York State Wastewater
Viral activity in wastewater is currently "very high" in 35 states, including New York State, the CDC reports.
"Once health departments are aware, communities can act quickly to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Data from wastewater testing support public health mitigation strategies by providing additional crucial information about the prevalence of COVID-19 in a community," the CDD adds.
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