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Corona-wastewater surveillance – transfer from research into routine application

COVIDready – Holistic evaluation of available findings of SARS-CoV-2 wastewater monitoring for the pandemic assessment in North Rhine-Westphalia


In the BMBF-funded project COVIDready, FiW is working in cooperation with Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband (EGLV), the Institute of Environmental Research at the RWTH Aachen (ISA) and the University Hospital of the Goethe University Frankfurt (KGU) to develop the technical basis, workflows and interfaces with the health authorities for the practical application of wastewater-based epidemiology. The project made groundbreaking progress in establishing a decentralized workflow, in the early detection of variants of concern and in the development of consistent data evaluation routines. EGLV, FiW, and KGU are also supporting the State Center for Health and the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the overall evaluation of the available findings of the Corona wastewater monitoring in NRW. The results are provided for the nationwide pandemic radar of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

More about the BMBF-funded COVIDready project