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Informative talk about the Surveillance Network of SARS-CoV-2 in Catalan wastewater

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

On March 23, theCatalan Water Research Institute (ICRA) gave a talk to the students ofMiquel Martí and Pol Institute, from Cornellà de Llobregat, on the SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance Network, the program promoted by the Public Health Agency of Catalonia and the Catalan Water Agency (ACA), which allows detecting and controlling the presence of the virus in Catalonia’s waste water.

A total of 24 people, including students and teachers from the CFGS Chemistry and Environmental Health and the CFGS Environmental Health, were able to learn first-hand the mechanisms and control tasks carried out in the 56 sewage treatment plants (WWTP) of the territory that make up part of the project.

Researchers Neus Collado and Laura Guerrero explained the work carried out by the ICRA, how the evolution of the virus is monitored and how useful information is provided to the authorities to determine the necessary prevention and control actions to properly manage the pandemic.

The current circumstances did not allow the talk to be held in person. Even so, in the final part of the talk, a lively round of questions and answers was included, in which the students could raise their doubts and curiosities.