College of Science team publishes paper comparing COVID testing and wastewater sampling

Tony Wong, assistant professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, was the lead author of ā€œEvaluating the sensitivity of SARS-CoV-2 infection rates on college campuses to wastewater surveillance.ā€ This paper finds that wastewater surveillance to monitor COVID-19 infections on a college campus can be as effective as weekly surveillance testing via nasal swabs but is sensitive to assumptions about viral conditions and adherence to public health guidance on campus. Multiple College of Science faculty members were co-authors, including Lucia Carichino, Nate Barlow, Nathan Cahill, Kara Maki, George Thurston, and David Ross.