UCSF Tested Thousands of Mission, District Residents with Coronavirus Antibodies: Here’s What They Found


UCSF released final results on Thursday from mass tests of nearly 4,000 people in a Mission District, revealing a high proportion of previous low-income, essential Latino workers. About 6% of residents tested positive for antibodies in late April and early May, showing they had already been infected. Around 2% were actively infected at the time. The vast majority of new infections after the fall from orders were among Latinos who continued to work.

“This suggests that the health effects of the ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in the community increased during the San Francisco shelter order and helps explain why (Latino) people were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. , ”Lead researcher and lead author of the study Dr. Diane Havlir, head of the UCSF in the Division of HIV, Infectious and Global Diseases of Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, said in a statement.

Latinos make up half of San Francisco’s coronavirus infections, while they make up only 15% of the city’s population. Among residents and workers in the 16 block section of the Mission District tested by the UCSF, Latinos are more likely to continue working after the order, which increased their infection rate. Earlier in the flu pandemic, infections dropped along the racial makeup lines of the neighborhood – 67% Latino, 16% white, and 17% for others. By the end of April, Latinos accounted for 96% of new infections.


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