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Coronavirus: Testing sewage an ‘easy win’

Coronavirus: Testing sewage an ‘easy win’

Science
A sewage-based coronavirus test could be an "easy win" that would pick up infection spikes up to 10 days earlier than with existing medical-based tests.Scientists led by UK's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology are working on a standardised test to "count" the amount of coronavirus in a wastewater sample."The earlier you find [a signal], the earlier an intervention can happen," says lead researcher Dr Andrew Singer. "That means lives will be made much more liveable in the current crisis."Mapping infection through the sewers A network of scientists from universities including Newcastle, Bangor and Edinburgh have already teamed up with local water companies to collect samples of untreated sewage from treatment plants; the first stage ...
Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

Health
Local authorities are to be given access to postcode-level data about the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in their areas after it was agreed with the Department of Health. It comes after Leicester became the first city to have a local lockdown imposed following a rise in cases.Labour leader Keir Starmer said there had been a "lost week" due to city officials not having full testing data.The prime minister said the figures had been shared with all local authorities.But, at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, Sir Keir said officials in Leicester had only received full figures on Thursday. Until now local authorities have not routinely had full access to the data on people who are tested for the virus in the community.But the agreeme...
Aggressive testing, social distancing limits COVID-19 at U.S. military base, CDC reports

Aggressive testing, social distancing limits COVID-19 at U.S. military base, CDC reports

Health
June 2 (UPI) -- The limited spread of COVID-19 at a U.S. military base shows public health measures -- screening, testing, quarantining, social distancing and contact tracing -- offer some protection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Efforts to prevent outbreaks of the disease caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, among more than 10,000 new recruits arriving at the U.S. Air Force's Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, succeeded in limiting total confirmed cases to five through seven weeks. Advertisement Three of the five cases ultimately were traced to the first recruit on base to be diagnosed, officials said. The approaches used at the base could serve as a blueprint for other "congregate settings" like colleges and athletic programs, the CDC said...
The Latest: Greece not limiting tourists, will do testing

The Latest: Greece not limiting tourists, will do testing

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Greece won't limit tourists but will do testing. — Alaska to require COVID-19 testing for air travelers coming into the state. — New York governor signs bill granting death benefits to families of health workers and other public servants who have died from COVID-19. — Istanbul's Grand Bazaar gets a cleaning as country prepares to lift restrictions. ——— ATHENS — Greek officials said Saturday said that the country will not limit incoming tourists to those from a list of 29 nations, but travelers from countries not on the list will be sub
Aggressive testing, quarantining can prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in senior facilities, study finds

Aggressive testing, quarantining can prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in senior facilities, study finds

Health
May 21 (UPI) -- Proactive testing and strict quarantining procedures at assisted-living facilities can help prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 among residents and the staff, a study published Thursday by JAMA Internal Medicine found. Taking this approach at an unnamed facility in Seattle effectively limited cases of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, to six -- four among 80 residents and two among 62 staff members -- researchers said. "Assisted-living facilities are vulnerable to COVID-19, even though residents are in their own apartments, and older adults can be asymptomatic, so testing is key after an exposure to determine who may be infected," study co-author Dr. Alison C. Roxby, assistant professor of medicine and global health at the University of Washington, told UPI. Nursing homes, assis...