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Journal of Health Monitoring S1/2021

Public Health Journal for Germany. Quelle: RKI

MARCH 2021

Seroepidemiological study on the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Germany: Study protocol of the ‘CORONA-MONITORING bundesweit’ study (RKI-SOEP study)

The ‘CORONA-MONITORING bundesweit’ study (RKI-SOEP study) collects biospecimens and interview data in a nationwide population sample drawn from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The specimens are tested for SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies and SARS-CoV-2 RNA to identify past or present infections.

The methods applied enable the identification of SARS-CoV-2 infections, including those that previously went undetected. In addition, by linking the data collected with available SOEP data, the study has the potential to investigate social and health-related differences in infection status. Thus, the study contributes to an improved understanding of the extent of the epidemic in Germany, as well as identification of target groups for infection protection.

Special Issue S1/2021 presents the study protocol of the ‘CORONA-MONITORING bundesweit’ study.

Date: 25.03.2021