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May 18, 2020

Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater

This study is looking at whether virus outbreaks can be caught early by monitoring wastewater treatment facilities. The researchers are also studying how SARS-CoV-2 is transferred from surfaces to skin and the impact of solar and UV radiation on the virus. Despite intensive study of SARS and MERS, we still lack a fundamental understanding of coronavirus behavior in the environment. Most importantly, we do not know how coronavirus spreads and how long it remains infectious when exposed to sunlight. The interview is with the lead researcher Krista Wigginton, an engineering professor at the University of Michigan, and Karl Rockne, a program director in NSF's Engineering Directorate.

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