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CSIR DG gives presentation to M Venkaiah Naidu on sewage and air surveillance system to detect Covid-19

Director-General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr. Shekhar C Mande gave a presentation to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on sewage and air surveillance system to detect Covid-19.  Dr. Mande also briefed the Vice President about the activities undertaken by various laboratories of CSIR.

The CSIR DG informed that sewage surveillance provides qualitative as well as quantitative estimate of the number of people infected in a population and could be used to understand the progression of COVID-19 even when mass scales tests for individuals are not possible. It is a measure to comprehensively monitor the prevalence of the disease in communities in real time.

Elaborating on the relevance of sewage surveillance, Dr. Mande pointed out that COVID-19 patients shed SAR-CoV- 2 in stools.
Dr. Mande said that sewage surveillance of COVID-19 would be relevant not only to understand the present epidemiology of the disease but would be an indispensable tool for early and easier detection of future COVID-19 outbreaks. He also suggested setting up air sampling system to monitor viral particles and potential infectivity threat.

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