Biobot Analytics Finds COVID-19 Cases ‘an Order of Magnitude Higher’ than Tests Reveal

Based on wastewater testing done on samples from a major urban treatment facility in Massachusetts, the startup, working in collaboration with MIT, Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found presence of SARS-CoV-2 at a high concentration in the period from March 18 – 25.

Put simply, the viral concentrations found during testing were significantly higher than clinically confirmed cases in the state during that time frame. How high? Biobot Analytics co-founder and president, Newsha Ghaeli, explained at a time when there were 446 officially reported cases in the area, which represents 0.026 percent of the population represented in their sewage samples, their research estimates that number could be as low as 2,300 cases (0.1 percent) or as high as 115,000 cases (5 percent).

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