SARS-CoV-2 monitoring could be improved with use of bacterial metatranscriptomes in wastewater

In a recent research report from the United States, currently available on bioRxiv* preprint server, scientists have shown that bacterial taxonomic and functional profiles can discriminate severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) status even without directly detecting viral transcripts – opening the door for entirely novel approaches in wastewater-based epidemiology.