5.2% of people in Spain have antibodies, according to data from the third round of the seroprevalence study, presented this Monday by the Ministry of Health. This assumes that the population level is maintained with Covid-19 antibodies.
This has been detailed by the director of National Center for Epidemiology, Marina Pollán, who highlighted that in this third round no differences by sex were found and differences by age are reduced. Furthermore, the geographical distribution has not changed from the previous rounds of the study.
It is also notable that doubles the number of people who go without having detectable antibodies in the third round of the seroprevalence study. Meanwhile, the percentage of people who, after testing negative in one of the previous rounds, have now tested positive for coronavirus drops from 0.9% to 0.7%. After the end of confinement, people with symptoms compatible with Covid-19 increase to 1.1% of the total of respondents.
The final phase of the seroepidemiology study, presented by the Secretary General for Health, Faustino Blanco; the director of the National Center for Epidemiology, Marina Pollán, and the director of the Carlos III Health Institute, Raquel Yotti, shows that the incidence of the virus has been doubled among essential personnel, which has been on the front line.
Thus, among essential personnel, such as health workers and social or residential workers, the virus has passed by 10%. "In essential groups, who continued to go to their work centers, and although the study is not designed to study them specifically, we have found a higher prevalence of antibodies"Pollán announced. This prevalence of antibodies is higher in people who have reported having symptoms, among which prevail the "sudden loss of smell and taste", something "quite specific" of this virus.
The Secretary General for Health, Faustino Blanco, highlighted the reliability of the study, which has had the support of the National Statistics Institute (INE) and the Carlos III Health Institute. "They have been excellent professionals and very talented people, working 24 hours for seven days and coordinating hundreds of people daily," he said. For her part, the director of the Carlos III Health Institute, Raquel Yotti, appreciated that these results "allow us to infer" the involvement of the virus "for the entire population" and stressed that, in addition to quick testss, 174,000 blood samples have been taken.
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