What are the limitations of wastewater disease surveillance?
Wastewater data is useful in deciding COVID-19 trends to help plan emergency responses, but there are some limitations:
It is not possible to use wastewater data to confirm cases of COVID-19 in individual people
Wastewater surveillance is new, and the tests used to get this data can be different between states and health departments
This data can only be used to look at COVID-19 trends in the communities of the Jones Island and South Shore sewer sheds