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Disease X-19 Epidemiology from Michael_Novakhov (39 sites): medrxiv Subject Collection: Epidemiology: SARS CoV-2 Seroprevalence among First Responders in the District of Columbia, May-July 2020

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First responders are at increased risk of occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 while providing frontline support to communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the District of Columbia (DC), first responders were among the first people exposed to and infected with SARS-CoV-2, with over 200 first responders diagnosed with COVID-19 by May 15, 2020. From June-July 2020, DC Health conducted a serologic survey to estimate SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and assess risk factors and occupational exposures among a convenience sample of first responders in DC. Of the 310 first responders tested, 3.5% (n = 11) had anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Seropositivity varied by occupation, with 4.8% (3/62) of firefighters; 3.6% (8/220) of police officers; and no paramedics (0/10) or administration and support staff (0/18) testing positive. Type and consistency of personal protective equipment (PPE) use also varied: all paramedics (n=10) reported wearing a N95 respirator all or most of the time, compared to 83.3% of firefighters, 38.8% of police officers, and 23.5% of administration and support staff (p
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