The IHU Méditerranée-infection IHU reports the following preliminary scientific communication:
A study was carried out by the Spanish authorities on 60,983 people, detecting antibodies against COVID-19. One result in particular caught our attention: active workers were separated into two groups: "essential workers", therefore not being confined to the home, compared to other active workers, confined to Spain. The difference is very interesting: people who were not confined were less infected than those confined.
These data, based on massive studies, allow us to think on the importance of home confinement which, in Spain, has not proven to be effective, whereas the closure of collective gathering places (stadiums, concert halls, places of worship ...) during these epidemic periods is full of common sense.
This is in line with the data we have at the IHU, where only 3.5% of the staff, who are in constant contact with patients, have antibodies indicating an infection, whether diagnosed or not.
Source: Estudio nacional de sero – epidemiologia de la infecction por SARS-COV-2 en Espana. Inform preliminary 13 of mayo of 2020.