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Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection among Occupational Groups from the Bucaramanga Metropolitan Area, Colombia

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Research Centre, Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia, Floridablanca 681004, Colombia
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Clinical Laboratory, Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia, Floridablanca 681004, Colombia
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Public Health Department, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga 680006, Colombia
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School of Civil Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga 680006, Colombia
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CEO, Fundación Cardiovascular de Colombia, Floridablanca 681004, Colombia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 4172; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084172
Received: 23 March 2021 / Revised: 7 April 2021 / Accepted: 8 April 2021 / Published: 15 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment)
The negative effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have impacted the world economy due to the absence from work because of SARS-CoV-2 infection in workers, among other reasons. However, some economic areas are essential to society and people must continue working outside the home to support economic reactivation; their serological profile could be different from that of the global population. Cross-sectional study: Workers from health, construction, public transportation, public force, bike delivery messengers, independent or informal commerce areas, and residents of Bucaramanga or its metropolitan area were invited to participate. All participants self-completed a virtual survey and a blood test was taken to assess IgG and IgM with the ARC COV2 test. Seroprevalence was estimated considering a complex survey design, correcting for a finite population effect and adjusting for test performance. A total of 7045 workers were enrolled; 59.9% were women and most were residents of Bucaramanga and working in health occupations. The global adjusted seroprevalence was 19.5% (CI: 95% 18.6–20.4), being higher for Girón (27.9%; 95% CI: 24.5–31.30). Workers with multiple contact with people during working hours or using public transportation to go to work had a higher frequency of seropositivity for SARS-CoV-2. The seroprevalence among workers living in these four municipalities from the Colombian northeast area is still low. View Full-Text
Keywords: seroepidemiologic studies; prevalence; coronavirus infections; occupational exposure; occupational health seroepidemiologic studies; prevalence; coronavirus infections; occupational exposure; occupational health
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Colmenares-Mejía, C.C.; Serrano-Díaz, N.; Quintero-Lesmes, D.C.; Meneses, L.; Salazar Acosta, I.; Idrovo, Á.J.; Sanabria-Echeverry, D.Y.; Cordero-Rebolledo, H.; Castillo, V. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection among Occupational Groups from the Bucaramanga Metropolitan Area, Colombia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4172. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084172

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Colmenares-Mejía CC, Serrano-Díaz N, Quintero-Lesmes DC, Meneses L, Salazar Acosta I, Idrovo ÁJ, Sanabria-Echeverry DY, Cordero-Rebolledo H, Castillo V. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection among Occupational Groups from the Bucaramanga Metropolitan Area, Colombia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(8):4172. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084172

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Colmenares-Mejía, Claudia C., Norma Serrano-Díaz, Doris C. Quintero-Lesmes, Ligia Meneses, Isail Salazar Acosta, Álvaro J. Idrovo, Duván Y. Sanabria-Echeverry, Helmer Cordero-Rebolledo, and Víctor Castillo. 2021. "Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection among Occupational Groups from the Bucaramanga Metropolitan Area, Colombia" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 8: 4172. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084172

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