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From Waste to Action: Wastewater as a Lens to Control COVID-19

January 25, 2022




To contain and control the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean need multifaceted strategic plans that enable detection, diagnosis, control and monitoring of the virus that generates this disease. Wastewater testing offers a relatively inexpensive way to address these four challenges in a comprehensive, sustainable, timely and equitable manner.

This panel of international leaders discuss about the benefits and challenges of wastewater-based epidemiology for surveillance systems in Latin America and the Caribbean through the presentation of the new report "Strengthening Public Health Surveillance through Wastewater Testing: An Essential Investment for the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Health Threats."