Sentinel surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater

Sewer analysis may provide most relevant information on the localization of areas where COVID-19 cases reappear, enabling immediate response to prevent spread of the outbreak. Nevertheless, it represents a more laborious and costly approach that surveillance through WWTP monitoring. 

Sentinel surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater anticipates the occurrence of COVID-19 cases

Gemma Chavarria-Miró, Eduard Anfruns-Estrada, Susana Guix, Miquel Paraira, Belén Galofré, Gloria Sánchez, Rosa M. Pintó1, Albert Bosch1

1 These authors were co–principal investigators.


Enteric Virus laboratory, Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics, Section of Microbiology, Virology and Biotechnology, School of Biology, and Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

University of Barcelona, Spain. (G. Echevarria-Miró, E. Anfruns-Estrada, S. Guix, R.M. Pintó, A. Bosch)

Aigües de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (M. Paraira, B. Galofré)

Department of Preservation and Food Safety Technologies, Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, IATA-CSIC, Paterna, Valencia, Spain. (G. Sánchez)

Running Title: Sentinel surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater