An increasing tendency in wastewater was found in two places in Hungary, while a decreasing trend was found in six other locations, according to the National Center for Public Health.

The amount of coronavirus hereditary material in wastewater seems to be stagnating in the majority of Hungary, revealed Tamás Pándics, the head of the department, conducting the measurements, of the National Center for Public Health on Monday. The number of new cases in the next 4-10 days can also be concluded based on the detectable concentration of hereditary material in the wastewater, reported Portfolio.

The amount of the hereditary material in the sewage increased in some places and decreased in others, and the testing of the wastewater painted a heterogeneous picture.

Békéscsaba, Budapest and its agglomeration, Kecskemét, Székesfehérvár and Szolnok’s 41st weekly test showed a decreasing, while Debrecen and Nyíregyháza showed an increasing trend in the amount of the coronavirus hereditary material in the wastewater. An increase in the hereditary material’s concentration in the sewage comes four to ten days before the rise in the number of coronavirus infections.

The tendency is stagnating in Eger, Győr, Kaposvár, Miskolc, Pécs, Salgótarján, Szeged, Szekszárd, Szombathely, Tatabánya, Veszprém and Zalaegerszeg.

However, sewage samples do not predict future cases as accurately, as previously thought, so what lays ahead is quite uncertain. In recent weeks, despite the wastewater measurements predicted a decline, the number of confirmed infections contradicted the predictions in recent weeks.

The pandemic is far from over, based on the data collected from the sewage tests by the National Center of Public Health, so only those must go to work or to communal spaces, who are asymptomatic, especially if they work in the health or social workers, or educators. “Avoid crowded places and situations! Especially concerning events organised indoors,” they write.

Another important thing to remember is to follow hygienic rules, so wash your hands thoroughly with soap for 20-30 seconds, or use a hand sanitiser, do not touch your face – especially the nose, mouth or eyes – with unwashed hands, disinfect surfaces – such as your phone – regularly, and let fresh air in frequently.

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