Campaign to test healthcare professionals exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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Healthy professionals. More security in the return.
Let's help those who are taking care!
The new SARS-CoV-2 virus has brought many challenges and an urgent need to define effective strategies to combat it. Testing Health Professionals at the forefront allows you to break an important transmission chain, anticipate measures for a potential new wave, and protect the whole of society.
Scientists from the Gulbenkian Institute of Science (IGC) have mobilized themselves to help protect health professionals who are fighting COVID-19 by conducting periodic diagnostic tests to detect the virus (PCR tests) and to the measurement of virus response antibodies (serological tests). So we will know who is, has been or may be exposed to the disease.
Periodically testing health professionals, with and without symptoms, allows:
- Control the spread of the virus;
- Prepare for a possible second wave of infection;
- Protect the Society;
- Reduce the growing anxiety of health professionals about being able to infect users, colleagues and their families;
- Study the exposure and immune response to the virus.
IGC believes that the involvement of research institutions is essential in combating the pandemic, and is making its technology platforms and scientific skills available to the common good through partnerships with hospital institutions.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has already joined this civil society mobilization, providing € 30,000 of the emergency fund created to deal with the pandemic and guaranteeing that more health professionals are tested.
What is the main focus of this campaign?
- Health professionals, symptomatic and asymptomatic, in direct contact with COVID-19 patients.
How are we going to help?
- Identify who are the carriers (diagnostic tests for infection) and who are exposed to the virus (serological tests - antibody measurement) in hospital personnel.
What information will these tests give us?
- Prevalence by hospital: allows to manage the protection and sustainability of the response of health professionals in the front line;
- Prevalence by service: allows to manage the allocation of tasks/reorganization of services and effort management (COVID / non-COVID) in the second wave;
- Who is a carrier and who has antibodies: allows management of service and vacation teams between vacancies.
Which hospitals are involved?
Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Ocidental (including Hospitals Egas Moniz, Santa Cruz and São Francisco Xavier) and Hospital Fernando da Fonseca (Amadora - Sintra). In the first phase, 1000 professionals from these hospitals will be tested.
Let's test more healthcare professionals!
Your donation will help us fulfill this mission!