Ministry of Health and Istat, in collaboration with the Regions and the Italian Red Cross, have launched a seroprevalence investigation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection (covid-19) to understand how many people in our country have developed antibodies to the new coronavirus, even in the absence of symptoms.
The test will be performed throughout Italy on a sample of 150 thousand people residing in 2 thousand Municipalities, distributed by gender, activity and age classes. The results of the survey, disseminated anonymously and in aggregate form, can also be used for other scientific studies and for comparative analysis with other European countries. To obtain reliable and useful results it is essential that the people selected for the sample adhere.
The people will be contacted by telephone by the operators of the Italian Red Cross through a telephone number starting with 06.5510 … to schedule an appointment in one of the sampling points identified by the local CRI Committees at the offices of the Asp, Medical Guards and other offices, to perform a small blood sample. The withdrawal can also be performed at home if the subject is fragile or vulnerable. The Region, through the Provincial Health Companies, will communicate the outcome of the examination to each participant residing in the territory. The confidentiality of the participants will be maintained for the duration of the investigation.
In Sicily 11,183 people have been selected by Istat, this is the list of 120 Municipalities involved in the survey: Aci Catena, Aci Sant’Antonio, Acireale, Adrano, Agrigento, Alcamo, Alessandria della Rocca, Alì Terme, Augusta, Avola, Bagheria, Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Belpasso, Biancavilla ,, Bronte, Caccamo, Calatafimi-Segesta, Caltagirone, Caltanissetta, Caltavuturo, Cammarata, Canicattì, Capaci, Capo D’Orlando, Carini, Carlentini, Caronia. Castelbuono, Castelvetrano, Catania, Comiso, Corleone, Enna, Erice, Favara, Ferla, Ficarazzi, Floridia, Francofonte,, Furnari, Gela, Giarre, Gioiosa Marea, Gravina di Catania, Ispica, Lentini, Leonforte, Lercara Friddi, Licata, Marsala , Mascali, Mascalucia, Mazara del Vallo,, Mazzarino, Mazzarrone, Messina, Milazzo, Militello in Val di Catania, Mineo, Misilmeri, Misterbianco, Mistretta, Modica, Monreale, Montagnareale, Motta Sant’Anastasia, Niscemi, Nissoria, Noto, Paceco , Pachino, Palagonia, Palermo, Palma di Montechiaro, Partanna, Partinico, Paternò, Pedara, Petralia Soprana, Petralia Sottana, Piana degli Albanesi, Piazza Armerina, Porto Empedocle, Pozzallo, Racalmuto, Ragusa, Randazzo, Ravanusa, Regalbuto, Ribera, Rosolini , San Cataldo, San Giovanni Gemini, San Giovanni la Punta, San Vito Lo Capo, Santa Croce Camerina, Santa Flavia, Santa Lucia del Mela, Santa Venerina, Sant’Agata di Militello, Sant’Alfio, Sciacca, Scicli, Scillato, Siculiana , Syracuse, Sommatino, Taormina, Termini Imerese, Terrasini, Torregrotta, Trapani, Tremestieri Etneo, Tripi, Troina, Valderice, Vallelunga Pratameno, Villabate, Vittoria, Zafferana Etnea.
“Having entered fully into” Phase 2 “- comments Luigi Corsaro, President of CRI Sicily – it is important to understand the evolution of the pandemic. A simple blood sample is enough to know one’s own history regarding the virus and to avoid any new infections among the population. We therefore also ask local institutions and general practitioners to raise awareness among the selected citizens so that the greatest number of people can join the serum-prevalence survey promoted by the Ministry of Health and Istat in collaboration with the Regions and the Italian Red Cross. Often – concludes President Corsaro – there is talk of the importance of prevention in the health sector, I believe that adhering to the test is the best way to prevent further spread of the pandemic and to prepare, re-establish and improve communities by reducing the level of vulnerability of the same “.