Associate Professor Joe Brown is among 60 researchers who have created a global collaborative to learn more about the spread of Covid-19 through wastewater. In a paper published in Environmental Science & Technology, the researchers explained that RNA from the coronavirus is shed in the feces of those infected with Covid-19. This allows researchers to survey sewage for virus RNA, a process they refer to as wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE).
COVID-19 is one of the biggest challenges the airline industry has ever faced. Airlines have never before seen such a dramatic and sustained decline in air passenger demand. The industry has previously grounded fleets during times of emergencies, such as for hurricanes or earthquakes or the 9/11 terrorist attacks — but never has it needed to reduce capacity by 80–90 percent and sustain such reductions for months.