Monitor wastewater for early detection of disease, pollutants, and chemicals to proactively protect public health.
By sampling and testing wastewater—a combination of household sewage, industrial runoff, and sometimes storm water—officials can quickly assess pathogens and chemical exposures among thousands of people in the community. For COVID-19, wastewater testing can shed light on infections among those who are asymptomatic or do not present for testing, and at a small fraction of the cost of testing individuals. Our experts coordinate with municipalities and community partners to scale wastewater testing and create decision support tools. These tools translate lab results into insights that officials can use for public health response. We also conduct large-scale comparative analyses to develop guidance documents and best practices for wastewater analytics and reporting.
The Power of a Single Test
With wastewater monitoring, a single test can detect the presence of viral particles or chemicals in an area. Samples can be collected daily with test results typically available in less than a week, providing public officials with quick and continuous updates on prevalence and spread in their communities. Mathematica connects end users with reputable labs, and with our back-end statistical analysis and “translational” metrics, we help officials understand when signals in the wastewater indicate the need for heightened public health response.
Expanding COVID-19 surveillance through wastewater testing
Learn more about wastewater testing and how it to can provide an early warning system for second-wave infections and guide COVID-19 policy response.LEARN MORE
EVIDENCE & INSIGHTS
Ensuring Equity as Wastewater Testing Matures in the United States
On this episode of On the Evidence, guests Mathematica’s Aparna Keshaviah joins Spelman College’s Na’Taki Osborne Jelks and Arizona State University’s Na’Taki Conroy-Ben to discuss how the expanded use of wastewater testing as a tool for pandemic response could also advance equity.Learn more
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