Carol Wilusz, a CSU molecular biologists, often begins her days early in the morning, at 4 a.m, when she starts scanning the composition of undergraduates’ faeces.
She mainly analyzes the data regarding the number of coronavirus people flushed into the sewers, meant to be extracted from seventeen manholes connected to dorm buildings from the Colorado State University’s Fort Collins campus.
“There are quite extensive numbers of poop jokes,” Wilusz mentioned.
Intense research shows that infected people begin shedding the deadly virus in their poop at early phases of the infection, likely days before they start shedding it from their mouths and noses.
Wilusz usually analyzes stem cells and muscular dystrophy. During the pandemic, her team was on the front lines of defence against the extensive COVID-19 outbreaks that, for a campus that hosts over twenty-three thousand people, always seem to be waiting to happen.
As of today, the school registered about 500 cases since the semester’s beginning.
Wilusz knows that people keep shedding the virus in their stools long after recovering from the disease, so, during the last semester, an increasing number of dorms tested positive for virus sewage.
The college currently runs pooled saliva tests each week, and that costs a lot to do and process.
The goal of the college’s administration is to keep the situation under control until Thanksgiving when the students return home, and they can run a full sweep to find traces of the virus and disinfect the campus.
However, the situation may be dire when the students return. Using somebody else’s toilet may lead to contracting the virus due to aerosol particles.
The college keeps a careful track on the sewers and stays on high alert for any traces of the novel coronavirus.