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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 2400-2404

COVID-19 seropositivity among non-medical frontline office staff from two cities in Rajasthan, India


1 Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Phase II, Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Community Medicine and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Phase II, Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Phase II, Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
4 Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Phase II, Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
5 Department of Surgical Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Phase II, Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vidhi Jain
Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Phase II, Basni, Jodhpur - 342 005, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_2381_20

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Aims: The indigenously developed Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-NIV COVID Kavach IgG enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has been recommended for seroprevalence among vulnerable populations in India, which provided essential services throughout the lockdown. The staff working in the High Court was one such group. We compared anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG seropositivity among the staff of Jodhpur and Jaipur High Courts, Rajasthan, India. Methods: Asymptomatic judiciary staff of Jodhpur and Jaipur benches of High Courts were enrolled after informed written consent. A questionnaire was filled and 3–5 ml venous blood was collected from participants. The ICMR-NIV COVID Kavach IgG ELISA and EUROIMMUN IgG ELISA were used for detection of Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies. Results: A total of 63 samples (41 from Jodhpur and 22 from Jaipur) were collected between 28th July to 4th August 2020. The overall anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG seroprevalence was found to be 6.35%. Seropositivity was higher among the staff from Jaipur (13.64%) as compared to Jodhpur (2.44%). The Kavach ELISA results were in complete agreement with EUROIMMUN ELISA. The infection control measures were deemed effective. Conclusion: Seroprevalence among the staff of Jodhpur High Court was found to be lower than Jaipur, reflecting higher susceptibility to COVID-19 in the former. Many offices worldwide are closed till mid 2020 but need to come up with pre-emptive policies eventually. This study may help to anticipate the possible challenges when other government/private offices start functioning. The infection control practices of one workplace may help formulate guidelines for other offices.


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