Sewage surveillance system using urological wastewater: Key to COVID-19 monitoring?

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Abstract

Since December 2019, the emergence of a new Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has led to a global coronavirus pandemic disease (COVID-19), with devastating consequences for all healthcare worldwide, including urological care. COVID-19 has led to concern among urological healthcare workers about viral presence, detection and routes of transmission during routine clinical practice. The potential presence of (active) virus in bodily fluids of COVID-19 patients remains a continuing topic of debate. Therefore, we highlight viral detection methods and review the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in urine, feces, and semen. Finally, we discuss how excretion of virus particles through urological bodily fluids might be pivotal to epidemiologic monitoring and control of the disease. © 2020 The Authors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalUrologic Oncology-Seminars and Original Investigations
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Publication statusPublished - 2020

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