Not sure I like this idea: University of Arizona screening for Wuhan virus via dorms’ raw sewage

I find this a little problematic as it relates to personal privacy and your health information. Seems rather intrusive to make someone take a Wuhan virus test especially when it’s not that deadly for the majority of college-age kids and especially given this:

But what do I know? I’m not a “medical expert” nor am I a bureaucrat.

From NY Post: The University of Arizona is studying the feces in its sewer system to test for COVID-19, and it might have already stopped a possible outbreak.

Researchers found in May that studying human feces in sewer systems worldwide could be the secret to curbing a second wave of COVID-19 until widespread testing is available. (I don’t know what they’re implying here…even in my small town in Oklahoma we’ve been able to get free testing done for months.)

The university is preparing for a variety of periodic tests to help curb the coronavirus — including one that involves screening raw sewage from the dorms to see if it is found in students’ poop.

School officials told The Washington Post that the technique has already been in use during move-in week for its 5,000 students and it might have already stopped a big outbreak on the campus after a sewage sample came back positive from one dorm. All students were quickly tested individually and two asymptomatic students tested positive and were quickly quarantined.

“With this early detection, we jumped on it right away, tested those youngsters, and got them the appropriate isolation where they needed to be,” said Richard Carmona, a former US surgeon general who is directing the school’s reentry task force, according to the paper.

Carmona lauded the university’s system. “You think about if we had missed it, if we had waited until they became symptomatic and they stayed in that dorm for days or a week, or the whole incubation period, how many other people would have been infected?” he said.

“I really do think [the University of Arizona is] a good demonstration of the technique and technology because all the researchers working in this space internationally have come to the conclusion that is a very good early warning system,” Kevin Thomas, director of the University of Queensland’s Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences told The Washington Post.

Since the outbreak, it has been found that COVID-19 can be spread through “aerosolized feces,” and farts, and has the ability to waft through toilets into other apartments.

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Great, now the next thing that “Karen” will be harassing you for is farting!

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YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
2 months ago

Great. Just what we needed. Another two edged sword to be abused by gumment flunkies. Like the whole world is not already up my butt with a microscope. How long before we can analyze eyes and oour camera filled lives are monitored all the time. Privacy went the way of the Dodo a long time ago.

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
2 months ago

COVID-19 can be spread through “aerosolized feces,” and farts, and has the ability to waft through toilets into other apartments.”

That Wuhan virus sure is a magik virus! [Sarc]

Jackie Puppet
2 months ago

Lol @ “aerosolized feces” – never heard that term for a fart – bottom belch, yes…

Farts are just proof that masks don’t work.

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
2 months ago

AZ isn’t the only uni doing this; many in America are. Furthermore, did you see what other colleges (like Albion in MI) are doing? They’re requiring students to install apps on their phones for contact tracing. Better yet, they’re FORBIDDEN from traveling outside of a 5 mile radius from school! They have approved businesses and places they can go to; if they want to go outside, they need permission. WTF?!

Danne
Danne
2 months ago

It shouldn’t be that hard…the raw sewage (young minds just waiting to be filled with s***) is living in the dorms, just knock on the doors.

TrailDust
Admin
2 months ago

Too much! 😀