"Sewage Doesn't Lie" How Feces and Other Bodily Fluids Can Help Track COVID Outbreaks

To detect coronavirus outbreaks early on, scientists are testing sewage plants and blood in addition to evaluating heart rates through fitness tracker data. Taken together, these systems could replace complicated track and trace efforts to contain the pandemic.
A sewage treatment plant: Data culled from feces and other bodily fluids could serve as early warning systems for COVID-19 outbreaks.

A sewage treatment plant: Data culled from feces and other bodily fluids could serve as early warning systems for COVID-19 outbreaks.

Foto: Ralf Hirschberger / picture alliance / dpa
DER SPIEGEL 36/2020
Fitness tracker

Fitness tracker

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Blood samples

Blood samples

Foto: Sebastian Gollnow / picture alliance / dpa
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