Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among healthcare workers in India

Globally there have been 187,086,096 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,042,921 deaths as of 5:55 pm CEST, 13 July 2021. India ranks second as far as the occurrence of the total number of confirmed cases is concerned among all the countries that are affected by the pandemic. The second wave has started slowing down but the profound damage caused by it calls for a vigilant approach for the future.

The intensifying situation in the country has impacted healthcare workers in large numbers as they have been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. In order to win a war, the frontline defence system plays a vital role, therefore it is extremely important to clearly understand and analyse the impact the pandemic has had on our healthcare professionals.

According to the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, the findings of the third serosurvey indicate that nearly 24% of India’s population aged ≥10 years had been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 infection by December 2020, with an estimated 271 million infections. The results also indicate that approximately one-quarter of HCWs working in the peripheral public sector health facilities were positive for IgG antibodies.

The study of the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 infection among healthcare workers will help in fighting the nth wave even if it is a distant possibility. 

Following are some of the ways in which the study can prove to be beneficial in curbing the spread of SARS-CoV-2:

  • Figuring out the sectors which are overburdened so that the load can be equally distributed
  • Identifying the pain points and rolling out measures to provide relief
  • Effective implementation of infection control policies
  • Manufacturing, procuring and stockpiling necessary supplies to fight the pandemic
  • Estimating the human resource needed for emergency situations
  • Protecting the trust of healthcare professionals and keeping them motivated

Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Sri Rajiv Gandhi College of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Bangalore is conducting a short survey to assess the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 infection among the healthcare workers before and after vaccination. The participants can complete the survey here.

Participation in this survey study is completely voluntary, the data received will be kept confidential and the data will be used for research purposes only. 

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