From the Wastewater Drain, Solid Pandemic Data

The coronavirus could turn sewage surveillance into a mainstream public health practice.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #kansas-city-mo, #medicine-and-health, #microbiology, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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How a Sewage Flood Upended Lives in Queens

More than 16 months after a sewage flood wrecked their homes, some South Ozone Park residents say they’re still waiting for help from the city.

#floods, #new-york-city, #office-of-the-comptroller-nyc, #sewers-and-sewage

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Raw Sewage Flooded Their Homes. They’re Still Waiting for Help.

New York City accepted responsibility for a collapsed pipe that flooded 127 homes in Queens in 2019, but it has been slow to pay homeowners.

#basements-and-cellars, #black-people, #de-blasio-bill, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #discrimination, #floods, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #ozone-park-queens-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sewers-and-sewage, #stringer-scott-m

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Worker Ran Illegal Winery in Alabama Sewage Plant, Sheriff Says

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about an alcohol operation in a wastewater treatment plant in Rainsville, Ala. A 15-year city employee was arrested and charged.

#alabama, #crime-and-criminals, #sewers-and-sewage, #stiefel-allen-maurice, #wines

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Hidden Beneath the Streets of New York, a Way to Track Covid

The city’s sewers, known for alligator tales and other lore, are routinely tested for traces of the coronavirus.

#chokshi-dave-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #disease-rates, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #microbiology, #new-york-city, #newtown-creek-brooklyn-queens-ny, #sewers-and-sewage, #varma-jay-k

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What New York City’s Sewers Reveal About the Virus

The city’s underground pungent waterways, known for alligator tales and other lore, are routinely tested for traces of the coronavirus.

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New York Waterway Ferry Company Accused of Dumping Sewage into Hudson

Two former workers claim New York Waterway fouled the river with unfiltered waste from boats’ toilets. The firm denies the allegations.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #boats-and-boating, #carpenito-craig, #clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #ferries, #fines-penalties, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hudson-river, #imperatore-arthur-e, #imperatore-arthur-jr, #manhattan-nyc, #new-jersey, #new-york-waterway, #pohan-armand, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #whistle-blowers

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Watching What We Flush Could Help Keep a Pandemic Under Control

The failure to control the coronavirus pandemic has been a failure of real-time health data. Sewage surveillance could help fill in those gaps.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #feces, #research, #sewers-and-sewage

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Looking to Reopen, Colleges Become Labs for Coronavirus Tests and Tracking Apps

Universities are pioneering technology that could help society combat the pandemic.

#colleges-and-universities, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #mobile-applications, #rochester-institute-of-technology, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #university-of-north-carolina

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Study Suggests Coronavirus Emerged In Spain Much Earlier Than Thought

Scientists not involved in the study seriously doubt the findings, which challenge the current consensus on where and when the virus originated.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #barcelona-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #sewers-and-sewage, #your-feed-science

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The Virus Is Winning

Magical thinking won’t protect us.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #epidemics, #osterholm-michael-t, #sewers-and-sewage, #states-us, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Sewer Cleaners Wanted in Pakistan: Only Christians Need Apply.

In Pakistan, descendants of lower-caste Hindus who converted to Christianity centuries ago still find themselves marginalized, relegated to dirty jobs and grim fates.

#caste-systems, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-fatalities, #discrimination, #karachi-pakistan, #labor-and-jobs, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Is It Safe to Come Out of Lockdown? Check the Sewer

Wastewater could provide early, painless and localized data about the rise or fall of coronavirus levels.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #your-feed-science

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Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

In a 6-to-3 ruling, the court rejected arguments by a county in Hawaii and the Trump administration that only pollution discharged directly into navigable waters requires permits.

#clean-water-act, #maui-hawaii, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sewers-and-sewage, #supreme-court-us, #water, #water-pollution

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