The San Diego researchers tracked possible future waves of COVID-19 by tracking the viral load found in sewage. The latest findings show a slight uptick which could lead to an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases.
While COVID-19 cases are significantly lower than what San Diego saw in January at the height of Omicron’s surge, sewage samples from last December collected at the Point Loma treatment plant and studied by researchers at UC San Diego captured the beginning of the Omicron wave and ending it.
Doctors explain how when we see an increase in stool viral load about one to two weeks later, we see the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase.
Latest issues Monday show how 2.1 million viruses per liter were detected, nearly double the results of the previous week.
Despite the new, highly contagious omicron subvariant, health officials remain optimistic.
“I’m afraid there are no more cases to come, but what reassures me is that if it is a BA.2 variant and if it is milder, we should not not see the impact in terms of people getting really sick. of that or having a serious illness,” explained Dr. William Tseng, Deputy Chief of Staff at Kaiser Permanente.
San Diego County has confirmed 140 BA.2 case. The researchers believe it is essential for them to monitor new variants and study their impacts so that the community can prepare for future surges.