What you flush might flag spikes faster than traditional testing
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Research has shown since early in the pandemic that COVID-19 virus shows up in people’s feces. All that poop flows through the sewer system to wastewater plants. And at the main wastewater plant for the Twin Cities, scientists have been taking daily samples to see how much viral material is in the metro’s collective waste.
It turns out that wastewater analysis closely matches other ways to track the virus like case counts — except wastewater can actually flag spikes faster than traditional testing.
After collecting the wastewater data over a year, the Met Council will be releasing the data to the public every week, starting in the coming days, in response to a request from MPR News.
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there’s no good reason why Medicare is barred by law from being able to use its clout to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. “This expense doesn't only burden individuals; it burdens taxpayers because taxpayers are going to be paying more and more as we have more people living longer."
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