Can you briefly describe your team, what are you doing and what you hope to accomplish?

This project aims for further screening on SARS-CoV-2 presence in sewage wastewater within a selection of large communal wastewater treatment plants in The Netherlands. This will give:
• trends of SARS-CoV- 2 spread of the 2020 pandemic in The Netherlands;
• supportive information for evaluation of quarantine/mitigation measures;
• an early warning system for when COVID-19 may be on the rise again in The Netherlands (e.g. winter 2020);
• a realistic estimate of the percentage of mild COVID-19 presence (i.e., a significant proportion of COVID-19 goes undetected, since people with mild symptoms are not tested).