Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) of SARS-CoV-2 emerged as an advantageous method to study the infection dynamics at substantial population level. A temporal glimpse at sewage viral genome helps as diagnostic tool to understand the viral spread at community level. In this study, for the long-term epidemiological surveillance, we monitored the SARS-CoV-2 genetic material in domestic sewage by adopting the longitudinal sampling to represent a selected community (∼1.8 lakhs population which occupies 1.79% of the total population of Hyderabad city) to understand the dynamics of infection. Dynamics and spread of COVID-19 outbreak within the selected community were achieved by studying the longitudinal sampling for a specific period of time. WBE also promotes clinical scrutiny along with disease detection and management, in contrast to an advance warning signal to anticipate outbreaks.
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The authors have declared no competing interest.
The work was supported by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) New Delhi India in the form of project entitled Testing for COVID-19 in wastewater as a community surveillance measure (6/1/COVID-19/2020/IMD)
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