One of the biggest unknowns about coronavirus is how it spreads within a community, especially with asymptomatic carriers and minimal testing capabilities. In a new international effort, the City of Boise in partnership with the lab Biobot, has started sampling the city’s wastewater system to collect data on community levels of COVID-19.
This data will help Biobot and the public health community understand how COVID-19 exists within a community. Joining Idaho Matters to talk about this effort is Haley Falconer, the City of Boise’s Environmental Manager with Public Works.
Note: We did invite Biobot to participate in this interview, but their communications team is focused on recruiting new communities to participate in this large-scale research project.
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