First Results of Mass Coronavirus Serological Testing in Croatia Now Known

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 9th of May, 2020, these coronavirus serological test results could be an important guideline for national-level testing because they give at least a rough picture of how many residents of Croatia have been exposed to coronavirus and got over it without even knowing they'd ever contracted it.

Slobodna Dalmacija has found out that a large number of DIV Group employees were tested last month, including those employed in the Split shipyard. Many people who contract coronavirus are asymptomatic, not realising they are even harbouring the virus. As such, and as previously stated, the results of this serological testing could act as an important guideline for national testing because they provide us with at least a rough picture of how many people have actually contracted it without becoming unwell or being any the wiser.

“In cooperation with the University Department of Forensic Sciences of the University of Split, from April the 23rd to the 28th, we conducted the serological testing of antibodies to 2019-nCoV. 1724 DIV group workers participated in the research, of which 1316 were employees of Brodosplit, which acts as more than a representative sample. During the examination, all GDPR measures were strictly observed, and the coronavirus serological testing was carried out using the AMP Rapid Test SARS-Cov 2 test,'' explained Josip Jurisic, Head of Public Relations of the DIV Group.

The first mass serological testing in Croatia was also commented on prof. Dr. Simun Andjelinovic, professor at the Department of Forensic Sciences at the University of Split.

"We, as scientists, got involved at the invitation of the DIV management to perform this serological testing and scientifically process the results of these tests. What is interesting with these tests is the fact that the infection rate of the tested population is less than two percent. This is a very valuable result, because scientists around the world thought that the prevalence in the population would be much higher.

Such results are the starting point for other coronavirus serological tests, as well as for other preventive measures that will be taken in similar companies and will serve to further develop the system of the safety of workers and their job satisfaction. We'll publish the results of our research in scientific journals and they will be used for all future scientific evaluations of such threats,'' said prof.dr. Andjelinovic.

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