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Estimated SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Seroprevalence in Firefighters from a Northeastern Brazilian State: A Cross-Sectional Study

  • borges, lysandro p.
  • nascimento, laranda c.
  • heimfarth, luana
  • v. souza, daniela r.
  • martins, aline f.
  • de rezende neto, josé m.
  • dos santos, kezia a.
  • s. matos, igor l.
  • da invenção, grazielly b.
  • oliveira, brenda m.
  • santos, aryanne a.
  • a. souza, nicolas a.
  • de jesus, pamela c.
  • dos santos, cliomar a.
  • o. goes, marco a.
  • f. de souza, mércia s.
  • guimarães, adriana g.
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2021
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18158148
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The new coronavirus has been affecting health worldwide and essential service workers are continually exposed to this infectious agent, increasing the chance of infection and the development of the disease. Thus, this study aimed to estimate the frequency of infection and seroprevalence for SARS-CoV-2 in military firefighters in a city in Northeastern Brazil in January 2021. An observational cross-sectional study was carried out with 123 firefighters who answered a brief questionnaire to collect socio-epidemiological data and underwent RT-PCR and immunofluorescence test (IgM and IgG). The results found reveal a positive seroprevalence, with a high rate of infection in this class of workers, since they are essential service professionals who are exposed to risk due to their working hours, in addition to sharing some spaces and work materials. Besides, there were significant associations between positivity for IgG and IgM, as well as for positive RT-PCR prior to the study and the presence of IgG, with odd ratios of 3.04 and 4.9, respectively. These findings reinforce the need for immunization in this category, whose line of service hinders the adoption of distancing measures, since in many situations physical contact is inevitable.

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