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CSIR Suggests Air and Wastewater Surveillance Systems in Parliament to Detect Covid-19 Prevalence | India News


NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, a presentation was made to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu before Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Parliament to detect the prevalence of COVID-19.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Director General Shekhar C Mande, referring to the relevance of wastewater surveillance in his presentation, said: “COVID-19 patients shed SAR-CoV-2 in their feces In addition to symptomatic individuals, asymptomatic individuals also shed the virus in their feces. ”
Wastewater surveillance provides a qualitative and quantitative estimate of the number of infected people in a population and could be used to understand the progression of COVID-19 even when mass-scale testing for individuals is not possible, an official statement said citing the CSIR. boss.
It is a measure to comprehensively monitor the prevalence of the disease in communities in real time, Mande said.
Presenting the data from the sewage surveillance carried out to find the trend of infection in Hyderabad, Allahabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Puducherry and Chennai, he said that it provides an unbiased estimate of the figures, as sampling is not done at the individual level.
On the other hand, the figures obtained through periodic tests depend on the number of people examined.
Mande said that surveillance of COVID-19 wastewater would not only help understand the current epidemiology of the disease, but would be an indispensable tool for the earlier and easier detection of future coronavirus outbreaks.
He also suggested establishing an air sampling system to monitor viral particles and the possible threat of infectivity.
The vice president, who is also president of Rajya Sabha, said he would discuss the issue with the president of Lok Sabha, Om Birla, and the government.

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