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Powering data-driven actions in fight against COVID-19 in Ukraine

The CEI Covid-19 Extraordinary Call grant awarded to Lviv Polytechnic National University has enabled the implementation of two-fold activities in the fight against the pandemic.

The beneficiary has used the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests and collected a dataset consisting of more than 9000 records. It has also analysed online information on major social media to evaluate the COVID situation in an attempt to reduce panic.

The purchase of equipment for IgG and IgM antibody testing, followed by the introduction of tests in the Lviv region and the creation of a dataset, has allowed a better understanding of the patterns and prevalence of the COVID-19 virus throughout the territory.  It has also shed light on the tendency of a lower prevalence of infections among people with a particular group type.

The external evaluation has confirmed the importance of searching for hidden dependencies in datasets. In particular, doctors found dependence between age and blood group parameters and resistance to COVID-19.

The monitoring of information from social media resources and its comparison with information from the official websites of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) aimed at debunking false statements about the virus and at reducing “Covid-phobia”. 

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