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Work place and prevalence of COVID-19 in a rural population in Greece.
Papagiannis, Dimitrios; Kotsiou, Ourania S; Fradelos, Evangelos C; Perlepe, Garyfallia; Miziou, Angeliki; Siachpazidou, Dimitra S; Gourgoulianis, Konstantinos I.
  • Papagiannis D; Public Health & Vaccines Laboratory, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Larissa 41500, Greece dpapajon@gmail.com.
  • Kotsiou OS; Public Health & Vaccines Laboratory, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Larissa 41500, Greece okotsiou@uth.gr.
  • Fradelos EC; Public Health & Vaccines Laboratory, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Larissa 41500, Greece evagelosfradelos@hotmail.com.
  • Perlepe G; Public Health & Vaccines Laboratory, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Larissa 41500, Greece perlepef19@gmail.com.
  • Miziou A; Public Health & Vaccines Laboratory, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Larissa 41500, Greece kellymiz95@yahoo.com.
  • Siachpazidou DS; Public Health & Vaccines Laboratory, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Larissa 41500, Greece sidimi@windowslive.com.
  • Gourgoulianis KI; Public Health & Vaccines Laboratory, Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Larissa 41500, Greece kgourg@uth.gr.
Rural Remote Health ; 22(3): 6751, 2022 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1955301
ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION:

Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has become a global pandemic, giving rise to a serious global health threat. Many countries including Greece have seen a two-wave pattern of reported cases, with a first wave in spring and a second in autumn of 2020.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional seroprevalence study was designed to measure the prevalence of IgG antibodies with a quantitative SARS-CoV-2 IgG lab-based serology test, chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay, against novel coronavirus in rural areas in Greece after the second pandemic wave. The study was conducted on 29 January 2021 in a rural semi-closed area, the municipality of Deskati, prefecture of western Macedonia in Greece after the second pandemic wave.

RESULTS:

Sixty-nine participants were included in this study. The present study demonstrated a high prevalence of COVID-19 infection (31 of 69 total participants; 45%) and those who were working in the public sector were at higher risk of COVID-19 infection in comparison to their counterparts in private sector (p=0.05364), (relative risk 2.64; 95% confidence interval 1.001-7.086).

CONCLUSION:

The study presents data showing a high prevalence of herd immunity for COVID-19 in a semi-closed area in Greece. These findings might help to understand the characteristics of this second wave, the behaviour and danger of SARS-CoV-2 in rural areas in Greece and Europe generally.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: COVID-19 Type of study: Etiology study / Observational study / Prevalence study / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Limits: Humans Country/Region as subject: Europa Language: English Journal: Rural Remote Health Journal subject: Public Health / Health Services Year: 2022 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Rrh6751

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: COVID-19 Type of study: Etiology study / Observational study / Prevalence study / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Limits: Humans Country/Region as subject: Europa Language: English Journal: Rural Remote Health Journal subject: Public Health / Health Services Year: 2022 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Rrh6751