Approximately 5% of the Spanish population were infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. These are the results of a study that 13 may have provided the Ministry of health of the country.
Thus, about 2.3 million of Spaniards could recover from coronavirus infection. Thus, according to official statistics, the coronavirus by polymerase chain reaction confirmed in 229 540 inhabitants of Spain.
In the first stage of the study, which began on 27 April, took part 60 983 people. All three phases are planned. It is expected that in General, it will cover about 90 thousand of the Spaniards.
All study participants tested for antibodies to the coronavirus (PCR-tests, the results of which are taken into account in official statistics, identify the virus itself in the body). As noted by the newspaper La Vanguardia, it is about serological testing of two types – rapid tests and laboratory tests. In addition, study participants filled out an epidemiological questionnaire, which indicated symptoms of the disease and possible sources of infection.
The researchers came to the conclusion that about 26% of those infected with the coronavirus of the Spaniards were asymptomatic carriers. Significant differences by gender were found, but the percentage of the recovered coronavirus infection among children was lower.
The highest rate of cases are reported, the study showed, were in the regions of Castile-La Mancha and Madrid (where had more than 10% of the population) in some regions (for example, Murcia and the Canary Islands) were infected less than 2% of the total population.
The study was conducted with the Ministry of health and Institute of health Carlos III, in collaboration with the Autonomous communities. In the study, the Spanish authorities are trying to figure out what part of the population had coronavirus infection and has antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, worldwide coronavirus infected more of 4.37 million people, more than 297,6 thousand of them died, and 1.56 million recovered. Spain is now ranked fourth in the world in the number of infected and lethal cases (from infection died there more than 27 thousand people).