The SAMRC wastewater Surveillance and Research Programme monitors the non-infectious SARS-CoV-2 RNA, the fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19. The non-infectious SARS-CoV-2 RNA can be shed in feces of individuals that are symptomatic or asymptomatic. By testing wastewater weekly, we can measure the SARS-CoV-2 RNA signal and see whether it is increasing or decreasing. This can be used as an early indicator of COVID-19 case trends within a community. The information shared on this interactive dashboard should be used in combination with other available public health data. Further details can be found under FAQs. Please refer to the How-To Guide to assist your navigation through the results presented on the dashboard.
Research reported on this dashboard was funded by the South African Medical Research Council with additional financial support received from the Solidarity Fund, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, UK Research and Innovation, and the Department of Science and Innovation. The content and findings reported/ illustrated, and the information provided is accurate to the best knowledge of the researchers, and do not necessarily reflect the official position and sentiments of the SAMRC or the Solidarity Fund, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, UK Research and Innovation, and the Department of Science and Innovation. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy and reliability of the information.