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The challenges of developing an 'Indian' protocol to monitor COVID-19 in sewage.

TitleTesting sewage for early warnings about COVID-19 : thematic discussion synthesis
Publication TypeConference Report
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsJacob, N
Pagination19 p.
Date Published06/2020
PublisherIndia Sanitation Coalition, IRC, WaterAid and the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
Place PublishedNew Delhi, India
Publication LanguageEnglish

Testing sewage can be an effective tool for monitoring the spread of the Sars-nCoV-2 virus in populations. An 'Indian' protocol is needed that takes into account the poor quality of sewage systems, challenges in transportation and testing of samples, and supports city and state governments to communicate with the public. A thematic online discussion hosted by the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) in May-June  2020, elicited information on the components and challenges of such a protocol. This report synthesises the online discussion as well as the findings of a webinar on "Addressing stakeholder concerns around testing sewage for COVID-19" jointly organised by SuSanA, WaterAid India, IRC and the India Sanitation Coalition on 22 May 2020.


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