Study to Reveal How Many Croatian Residents Were Exposed to Coronavirus

Lauren Simmonds

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Croatia went from being among the best countries in the entire world in terms of handling the spread of the virus, to being among the absolute worst, to being among the best yet again. These ups and downs are synonymous with the spread of the disease, as its wave see countries enter into and come out of lockdowns every few months. While it is certain that very many Croatian residents have contracted the virus, it hasn’t been established just how many of us have come into contact with it, where it perhaps failed to actually infect us.

A new study is set to reveal the answer to precisely that question.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a seroepidemiological study has now been launched here in Croatia, and the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, explained what he wants to determine with this undertake.

”A few days ago, a seroepidemiological study was launched in the country with the aim of determining the share of Croatian residents who came into contact with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study will be similar in design to the study conducted back in the spring of 2020, ie the blood of the subjects will be collected throughout the territory of the Republic of Croatia, the subjects will form a structured sample of the population of different ages and genders, and the method for determining the presence of antibodies is the ELISA serological test. Appropriate consent and the opinion of the ethics committee have been collected in regard to conducting this type of testing, and it will take several weeks to conduct and complete the study,” explained Capak.

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