The Best COVID-19 Warning System? Poop and Pooled Spit, Says One Colorado University

Carol Wilusz’s mornings often start at 4 a.m., scanning the contents of undergraduates’ feces. Specifically, scanning the data on how much coronavirus they flushed into the shadows, destined to be extracted from 17 manholes connected to dorm buildings on Colorado State University’s Fort Collins campus.

“There are quite extensive numbers of poop jokes,” said Wilusz, a CSU molecular biologist.

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