Hidden Covid cases picked up in Qantas aircraft wastewater

20 October 2021

Professor Jochen Mueller from UQ's Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences spoke with the Daily Telegraph about a study with CSIRO which discovered traces of COVID-19 through wastewater testing. 

Wastewater testing of the sewage from multiple Qantas aircrafts has picked up over 100 hidden cases of COVID-19.

Professor Mueller, co-author on the research, said wastewater testing “should be used as part of an efficient clinical surveillance and quarantine system – providing multiple lines of evidence of the COVID-19 infection status of passengers during international travel”.

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