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Sewage water testing provides clues to Omicron spread across US

California, Idaho, Colorado and some cities in Texas are testing wastewater to detect Omicron presence in communities

As the United States continues to monitor the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, scientists have been testing the nation’s wastewater to conduct early detection of the virus. In the past week, a team of researchers in California announced they had found traces of the variant in sewage treatment facilities across the state – suggesting that Omicron is already present in multiple cities.

The team from the Sewer Coronavirus Alert Network (SCAN), a collaboration between city officials and scientists at universities including Stanford, found that wastewater in Sacramento and Merced contained evidence of the Omicron variant.

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