Up to 50% of Czech adults may have been infected with COVID

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Up to 50% of the Czech adult population may have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus since the pandemic began according to the first phase of a study conducted by the RECETOX research center at the Masaryk University Faculty of Science, Czech Television reported on Wednesday.

Official statistics indicate that roughly 17% of the population were infected with the coronavirus.

However, this number does not include those who were not tested. According to Masaryk University Professor Vojtěch Thon, the results show a rapid increase in seropositivity demonstrating the large exposure of the Czech population to the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the dramatic second wave of the pandemic, which occurred from the autumn of 2020 to the early months of 2021.

While in October and November 2020 only 28% of volunteers had antibodies, in December 2020 and January 2021 it was 43% and in March 2021 the number reached 51%. 

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