Unemployed turned out to be leaders in immunity to COVID-19 – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

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A study of population immunity to COVID-19, which was conducted by the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after Pasteur, revealed an unexpected pattern. It turned out that most often antibodies to coronavirus infection are detected not in doctors, as it would be logical to assume, but in citizens without specific occupations.

how should from the research materials, during research in St. Petersburg in the category of “unemployed” antibodies to COVID-19 were detected in 29.3 percent of participants. At the same time, among medical workers who are traditionally included in the risk group, this figure was 27 percent. Educators ranked third, with antibodies indicative of a past illness were detected in 26.4 percent of cases.

In the Leningrad region, where a similar study was carried out, the unemployed have antibodies to coronavirus were identified in 25 percent of cases, and among medical workers – in 18. A high percentage of antibody detection was recorded in the Leningrad region among scientists, as well as among creative workers (22.2 percent).

At the same time, civil servants were the least likely to have a positive antibody test in the Leningrad region (12.78 percent). In office workers, antibodies were detected in 16.8 percent of cases. Such low rates can be explained by the massive transition to remote work at the beginning of the pandemic, as well as the observance of the mask regime at work.

In St. Petersburg, antibodies were more often detected in civil servants and office workers. Officials tested positive for antibodies in 22 percent of cases, and white-collar workers – in 23 percent.

It should be noted that studies of population immunity in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region are planned to be carried out regularly, the next sampling from volunteers is scheduled for the end of August.

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