The CDC launched the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) in September 2020 to better track COVID-19 in wastewater samples collected across the country.
The NWSS has teamed up with Teledyne ISCO to track SARS-CoV-2 levels in smaller wastewater communities so they can act quickly to prevent the spread of COVID-19. NWSS is a robust, sustainable national surveillance system.
People infected with SARS-CoV-2 can shed the virus in their feces, even if they don’t have symptoms. The virus can then be detected in wastewater. Teledyne ISCO samplers take wastewater samples that are sent to a lab for evaluation. This will serve as an early warning that COVID-19 is spreading in a community. Once health departments are aware, communities can act quickly to prevent the spread of COVID-19.