Divulgative talk on the Surveillance Network of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewaters of Catalonia

On March 23rd, the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) held a talk for the students of the Miquel Martí i Pol institute in Cornellà de Llobregat on the Surveillance Network of SARS-CoV-2, the programme driven by the Public Health Agency of Catalonia and the Catalan Water Agency (ACA) which permits detecting and controlling the presence of the virus in the wastewaters of Catalonia.

A total of 24 persons, between students and teachers of the Higher Education courses in Chemistry and Environmental Health and Environmental Health, were able to learn at first hand about the control mechanisms and tasks carried out in the 56 water treatment stations (EDAR) in the territory that form part of the project.

The researchers Neus Collado and Laura Guerrero described the task carried out by 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 manage the pandemic correctly.

The current circumstances did not permit holding the talk presentially, but nonetheless at the end there was a lively question-and-answer session which allowed the students to express their doubts and queries.

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