COVID-19 Surveillance


Accurate, timely, and cost-effective disease surveillance is needed to better inform public health decisions. Current methods are not optimal for predicting outbreaks before a disease variant establishes itself widely in a community. Researchers have found that detecting coronavirus and other pathogens in wastewater provides insight into local infection rates, can identify new outbreaks, and help stop the spread in local populations. Bio-Rad offers several solutions to address the needs of scientists studying coronavirus in wastewater, measuring its antibodies, and quantifying and monitoring existing and new variants.

Bottle of wasterwater for coronavirus testing

Wastewater Testing for Coronavirus & other Pathogens

Wastewater testing can be used to detect coronavirus and other pathogens shed in the community, providing near real-time surveillance for potential outbreaks. It provides a more complete snapshot than clinical testing and can serve as an early warning system for COVID-19 and other disease outbreaks.

Bio-Rad's ddPCR technology can more effectively predict outbreaks due to its inherent advantages over traditional nucleic acid tests.

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Wastewater flow diagram from communities to wastewater treatment facilities.

COVID-19 Public Health Studies

Surveying the seroprevalence of antibodies is key to understanding infection.and exposure rates, and modeling transmission in local communities.

Bio-Rad's Bio-Plex coronavirus Serology Assays for RUO provide flexible options to measure anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in a population.

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Mpox Surveillance by qPCR

Mpox Surveillance by qPCR

To aid surveillance activities, Bio-Rad offers a new multiplexed RUO qPCR method to detect both viral clades of Mpox in human samples. See an example of this format in the new application note.

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