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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