#COVID-19 Journal Club: “The wastewater microbiome: A novel insight for COVID-19 surveillance”

This is a bit more up our alley!  “The wastewater microbiome: A novel insight for COVID-19 surveillance” doesn’t look directly at the virus but at the changes in the wastewater microbiome that might proceed detection of SARS-CoV-2.  The authors claim to observe such changes which could potentially be really useful.  We already know that wastewater …

#COVID-19 Preprint Journal Club: “Tracking SARS-CoV-2 RNA through the wastewater treatment process”

Getting harder to keep up with all the wastewater articles related to SARS-CoV-2.  It’s becoming more and more common as a method of environmental surveillance for the virus.  And yes, this article, Tracking SARS-CoV-2 RNA through the wastewater treatment process,  came out a month ago… I’ve been too busy working on the pandemic to blog …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “Community Outbreak Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Among Bus Riders in Eastern China”

Here’s an article about a superspreader event… which of course falls under the rubric of the microbiology of the built environment, because all these large transmission events happen indoors!  “Community Outbreak Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Among Bus Riders in Eastern China” describes… well like it says in the title.  Good evidence for airborne spread here, …

#COVID19 Journal Club “First detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater in North America: A study in Louisiana, USA”

More wastewater surveillance coming out.  Not sure about the title on this one since there’s been a number of publications on wastewater detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the US but maybe this title was correct when they submitted this paper “First detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater in North America: A study in Louisiana, USA“.  Pretty …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “Persistence of SARS-CoV-2 in Water and Wastewater”

Another wastewater study… but looking at the very important question of whether infectious virus can be detected in the waste stream.  Most wastewater studies to date have only looked at viral RNA.  The not-too-surprising punchline is that infectious virus dies out long before the RNA signal is degraded.  This kind of information we be useful …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 During Long Flight”

I took a break from blogging to help start up the mass asymptomatic testing program for SARS-CoV-2 at UC Davis but now I’m working through the backlog of relevant papers to post about. I’ve posted a lot so far about restaurants, hospitals, and wastewater sampling…. but to my knowledge this is the first published description …

Job Post: Senior Chemist – Healthy Home at Bissell Corporation

The Senior Chemist – Healthy Home is responsible for development of next-generation technologies for the creation and management of a healthy home environment and microbiome, leveraging BISSELL’s unique position as a developer of both cleaning devices and chemical/natural based formulations. They assist in building department and product strategies, as well as being a liaison to …

NAS “Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2” meeting webcast available #Covid19

Webcast Recording Now Available: Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2  Virtual Workshop August 26-27, 2020 Thank you for participating in our two-day workshop. To view the webcast recording click on this link: https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/08-26-2020/airborne-transmission-of-sars-cov-2-a-virtual-workshop   Event Description There is much we don’t know about the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. We know it can spread from …

New MoBE research topic in Frontiers Genetics: Call for papers!

Dear MoBE community, we provide a new research topic in Frontiers Genetics entitled “Unveiling the Metagenomic World of the Built Environment”. You will find more details here: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/15119/unveiling-the-metagenomic-world-of-the-built-environment Looking forward to your contributions! Alexander Mahnert & Co-Editors

#COVID19 Preprint Journal Club: “Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in commercial passenger aircraft and cruise ship wastewater: a surveillance tool for assessing the presence of COVID-19 infected travelers”

So we’ve written a lot about wastewater monitoring as a tool for community-level surveillance for SARS-CoV-2.  I thought this article was a nice twist on that… looking at airplanes and cruise ships as a way to better monitor the virus in a travel setting.  Abstract below: Abstract Background Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) for the severe acute …