Oman to conduct National Serological Survey from July 12

Image Credit: twitter OmanVSCovid19
Image Credit: twitter OmanVSCovid19

The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Health, will conduct the National Serological Survey of coronavirus (Covid-19) infection starting from Sunday 12th July 2020.

A diagnostic method to identify the immunity of the population against the COVID-19 virus, and to determine the proportion of the population which has been exposed to.

Objectives of the National Serological Survey

1, To determine the prevalence of the pandemic in the society, and to provide conclusions on its spread among different age groups.

2, To assess the prevalence of the infection considering risk factors, such as age group, and to monitor cases undiagnosed in a laboratory.

3, To provide a more complete estimate of how the infection progress through the wilayats in the sultanate, and the asymptomatic proportion (i.e., no signs or symptoms) and the cumulative number of confirmed cases.

4, To evaluate the impact of the disease prevalence in Omani wilayats on the standard of living, and to assess the consequences of lockdown measures introduced to some areas compared to those areas which has no lockdown.

Time period of the National Serological Survey:

The study is scheduled to be launched on July 12th, 2020 and lasts for 10 weeks.

Target groups for the Survey:

All people in the Sultanate; citizens and residents, and of all age groups and at the wilayats levels.

Selection criteria:

Randomly: depending on the spatial data of the population supplied by the National Centre for Statistics and Information.

Tarassud+ smartphone app.

How do I participate?

You will be contacted shortly if you’re selected in the random sample.

Survey method:

Gathering demographic data of respondents.

Collecting a blood sample to test the antibodies for COVI-19.

Filling out the questionnaire on medical history, marital status and symptoms.

Survey’s Sample

About 4,000 samples will be tested in one cycle (5 days).

For each cycle, 300 to 400 samples will be tested from each Governorate.

With a total of 20,000 samples during the 10-week survey period; two weeks between each cycle.

Source: @OmanVSCovid19

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