COVID-19 levels in wastewater down in Saskatoon, P.A. and North Battleford – CBC

Researchers says it’s too early to tell if viral load will continue trending downward

Nov 21, 2022

COVID-19 levels in wastewater are dropping in three Saskatchewan cities, according to University of Saskatchewan researchers who have been tracking the viral load in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford.

In Saskatoon, viral levels in wastewater have dipped 14.9 per cent from the previous week. This comes after a massive spike of 460 per cent the week before that.

Prince Albert’s fell 68.2 per cent and in North Battleford’s fell 64.8 per cent.

The results from the studies can help predict a rise or fall of COVID-19 diagnoses about a week in advance.

Researchers say most people start shedding SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, within 24 hours of being infected, but often won’t present symptoms for several days after that.

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