The Faculty of Human Medicine at the Free University of Aleppo conducted a study to detect coronavirus antibodies in the bodies of residents of the liberated areas. The study was supervised by Dean of the Faculty Jawad Abu Hatab and his deputy Omar Touqaj.
The study aims to assist the teams and institutions working to confront the coronavirus pandemic, especially with the recent detection of cases in the liberated areas.
The study also aims to determine the extent of the spread of the virus in the region and asses immunity in the bodies of residents of the liberated areas by investigating the antibodies to the virus in blood samples. The study also aims to come up with recommendations for procedures that would contribute to stemming the spread of the virus in that region.
The study included several parts, including the effect of the virus on public life, how to confront the virus, the types of laboratory tests used, the role of laboratory tests in implementing the procedures required to confront the virus, the evolution of antibodies in the body, the presence of long-term immunity, the principle of antibody tests, the sensitivity and type of serological tests, and studying the results.
The study led to several findings, chief among them is that the Syrian society is not immune to the virus and that it is vulnerable to infection just like any other society.
The study recommended working to raise awareness among people about methods of infection and prevention and the need for cooperation among all relevant authorities and institutions in the region.
The study also recommended expanding the medical staff, opening new medical and isolation centers as well as maintaining health centers tasked with dealing with the rest of the diseases and opening new centers to deal with the deadly virus.
It also called for developing a plan in which health institutions work together to develop a mechanism to communicate and report the positive cases.
The study indicated that there is a need to pay attention to people with weak immunity, including those with chronic diseases and war injuries who constitute 25 percent of Syrian society.
The study indicated that the displaced people make up 48 percent of the people of the liberated areas, which makes social isolation near impossible. It called for the taking special procedures that differ from the rest of the countries as it is unreasonable to ask the patient to return to his tent in which at least ten people live. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)