عنوان مقاله [English]
The outbreak of COVID-19 disease, caused by a corona virus (related to SARS-CoV-2 infection), which is widely declared stated to be emerged from Wuhan in China, is spreading very rapidly worldwide since then. Almost from the beginning, it was noticed that asymptomatic carriers of the virus did exist, and consequently it became clear that without being able to screen these carriers quickly and effectively, they would considerably increase the risk of virus transmission to healthy individuals would increase exponentially, if early quarantine measures were not taken into account. Therefore, to track also these sources of the disease, rapid and accurate screening of these seemingly healthy carriers is considered to be an essential step for early intervention and prevention of COVID-19. Considering present economic aspects and also acute practical limitations in clinical diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 worldwide, wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is suggested could be of value as a potential path for early detection of the disease which consequently could be of great value in the management of COVID-19 pandemic. This would hopefully help global community in general and medical practitioners specifically, to take prompt steps in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the meantime and in the future.