Covid affects far more Brittany residents than thought

The Gulf of Morbihan, Brittany. A study of Morbihan has found that more people have been affected by Covid-19 than previously thought
The representative study of residents in Morbihan, Brittany, found that 5-10% of the population had been affected by the virus

The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has affected up to 10% of residents in Morbihan, Brittany, northwest France - a much higher percentage of people than previously thought - a new blood test study has found.

Up to 10% of residents in the Brittany department have been infected with the SARS-Cov-2 virus - which causes Covid-19 - the research showed.

The study - published on Thursday May 28, and which cost the department €20,000 - used blood test results from a representative sample of inhabitants to establish that between 5-10% of the population has been in contact with the virus.

This is much higher than the models suggested by prestigious Paris research centre l’Institut Pasteur, which had estimated contamination in Brittany at just 1.3%.

Blood tests are different from virological PCR tests, as they can only tell if someone has antibodies ...

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