Skip to Main Content
LuminUltra
EnglishFrançais简体中文

Environmental monitoring for the fight against COVID-19

While much of the COVID-19 response to date has been focused on human-to-human transmission of the virus, largely unaddressed to date are the ongoing risks of environmental transmission and the role of environmental monitoring to understand the health of both facilities and people. 

What is environmental monitoring?

Many will be familiar now with the human testing protocol employed by most countries around the world. Environmental monitoring leverages the same qPCR technology to understand the presence of SARS-CoV-2– the virus that causes COVID-19  on surfaces, in air, water and wastewater. 

How can environmental monitoring be used? 

Identification of early warning signs  

Discovery of the SARS-Cov-2 virus in an environment not only means that the risk of transmission is present but also that it was likely brought into that location by a person. With physical symptoms not always present in people with COVID-19, environmental monitoring can be used to understand the risk in your facility and whether to take crucial actions including human testing and prompt contact tracing to reduce risk.  

Verification of disinfection protocols  

While person-to-person transmission is the primary method for transmission, there is also evidence of environment-to-person transmission, mostly from infected persons touching surfaces and objects which are then touched by other unsuspecting persons. This type of transmission can be greatly reduced by proper cleaning and sanitization of surfaces and objects that people regularly contact. Consistent environmental testing can verify if the environment has been effectively returned to a safe-state or if the SARS-CoV-2 virus is still present and further cleaning is required.  

Insight into community health 

SARS-CoV-2 has even been detected in municipal wastewater plants in the Netherlands by a team of researchers. While it may be difficult or unfeasible to test all citizens in a given population, the measurement of their cumulative waste may serve as an early warning system in the case of reemergence of the virus and is much easier than testing each individual. In one instance this research was even able to identify the presence of viral RNA in wastewater before the confirmation of the first case by health authorities. As the demand for tests is forecasted to increase and may exceed supply, these methods of “group testing” will allow health authorities to pinpoint which communities are affected the most and pursue further targeted testing.  

LuminUltra has a range of reliable, fast, and sensitive testing solutions to identify the presence of COVID-19 on surfaces, in wastewater, and in human carriers.


LuminUltra Team

Founded in 1995, LuminUltra is a molecular biology diagnostic testing company headquartered in Canada with operations in 6 countries. It is widely recognized globally as a leader in developing tests and reagents for environmental, industrial, and diagnostic monitoring applications and is a key supplier of COVID-19 diagnostic testing reagents to the Government of Canada.

Dozens of Fortune 500 customers across more than 80 countries trust LuminUltra’s technology, production reliability and history of customer service excellence to deliver their essential services in a safe state.

Related Posts

LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

Introducing our complete COVID-19 clinical solution

LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. is proud to announce that we’ve submitted our GeneCount® COVID-19 RT-qPCR Assay Kit to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Authorization and Health Canada for an Interim Order. With this authorization we’ll be able to provide testing facilities throughout North America with a complete, customizable clinical COVID-19 testing solution…. Read More

Wastewater testing

LuminUltra files patent for the world’s first rapid, on-site COVID-19 wastewater testing solution

A Research Collaboration Between LuminUltra, Dalhousie University and Halifax Water Demonstrates Wastewater Data Is a Powerful Tool in Early Detection and Tracking COVID-19 Prevalence within Communities FREDERICTON, NB, October 21, 2020 – LuminUltra, a Canada-based biotechnology leader and portfolio company of XPV Water Partners, recently filed a patent for the first complete, rapid, and on-site… Read More

ATP and DNA – Who’s on First?

  As some of you may have heard, LuminUltra has partnered with Microbe Detectives to offer DNA testing services to the drinking water and wastewater industries.  So “Who’s on First?” (pun intended); simply put, the partnership’s combined technologies tell you who is in a given water or wastewater sample, and how much is in that… Read More

Your browser is out of date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now