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Mon Dec 27, 2021, 09:20 PM

Covid and the Boston sewers.

Apparently a group at MIT has developed a very accurate way of determine the spread of Covid. They can measure it by sampling at waste treatment plants. The system will anticipate the results of actual tests by a week or more and doesn't suffer the bias resulting from a self selecting group who opt for PCR tests. Here is a link to the most recent results. You can tell where things are headed:

https://www.mwra.com/biobot/biobotdata.htm

I read an article that this new technology will have all sorts of uses: determining levels of drug use, what types of drugs. Apparently it will even be able to measure levels of stress in the community. I guess it's progress.

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2021/12/23/boston-covid-sewage-studies/

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Reply Covid and the Boston sewers. (Original post)
Tomconroy Dec 2021 OP
bucolic_frolic Dec 2021 #1
Enter stage left Dec 2021 #2
Skittles Dec 2021 #11
oregonjen Dec 2021 #3
AZSkiffyGeek Dec 2021 #5
AZSkiffyGeek Dec 2021 #7
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2021 #4
RKP5637 Dec 2021 #6
smirkymonkey Dec 2021 #8
Tomconroy Dec 2021 #9
karynnj Dec 2021 #12
panader0 Dec 2021 #10

Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 09:25 PM

1. Best reading of poo data since Henry VIII's physicians

Don't raise a stink! It's mind over technology.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 09:27 PM

2. I don't know...

sounds like a very shitty type of science to me.

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Response to Enter stage left (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 10:43 PM

11. yes

downright crappy

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 09:33 PM

3. Not to brag, but Oregon State University was doing this back in 10/2020

and brought this testing throughout Oregon.
https://cbee.oregonstate.edu/node/847

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Response to oregonjen (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 10:05 PM

5. University of Arizona was as well

Iím not sure how much itís spread throughout AZ, what with our governor, but they were testing the dorms on campus.

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Response to oregonjen (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 10:07 PM

7. University of Arizona was as well

Iím not sure how much itís spread throughout AZ, what with our governor, but they were testing the dorms on campus.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 10:03 PM

4. I think it was April of 2020 that Canadian cities (Montreal and Halifax?) were doing that


... but perhaps not quite that early. One doesn't always note date of report when remembering a factoid.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 10:06 PM

6. Don't poop into sewers! They might trace your DNA back to you!

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 10:08 PM

8. Thank you for this, Tom!

 

I live here in Boston and I am glad that we are at the forefront of such bio-data.

I had an actual PCR test about a week and a half ago at MGH (negative) and then a rapid home test when I went up to Maine for Christmas - also negative (my mom and dad came i frarom NY, and my mom is going through chemo, so it was important that we were all negative, which we were).

I haven't been feeling well since I left ME (not Covid symptoms, just stomach issues, achiness, etc.) so I have not left my apartment at all. I am feeling better than when I left, but that was an awful trip!

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 10:12 PM

9. I won't start a fight over who was first but the Boston data

Begins in early March 2020, the early days of Covid.

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Response to Tomconroy (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 28, 2021, 03:40 PM

12. Burlington, VT mentioned Europe and Boston when it started in August 2020.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Mon Dec 27, 2021, 10:18 PM

10. I have a septic tank. No one will analyzing my poop!

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