Turning Waste into Opportunity: The Viability of Wastewater Surveillance in Today's COVID-19 Crisis Public Deposited

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  • May 5, 2021
  • Payne, Sarah B.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Global Studies
  • This thesis looks to explore the viability of wastewater surveillance as a public health tool in the COVID-19 crisis and how it might work to mitigate and control the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This thesis completes an in-depth literature review on works surrounding COVID-19 and wastewater surveillance to unpack its viability as a public health tool. This work analyzes how wastewater surveillance has historically been used during health crises, how it is currently being used both domestically and abroad to fight COVID-19 as well as the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing it over other tools, such as diagnostic testing. Additionally, this work delves into issues surrounding public reception and policy implications as well as important considerations relating to ethics, equity, and legality. For many reasons including cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and the ability to combat gaps left by other interventions, this thesis illustrates the important role of wastewater surveillance and its ability to alter the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic for the better.
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  • Thompson, Amanda
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Nutrition
    • Other Affiliation: Department of Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • 2021
  • English

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