Our scientific approach will contribute to systemic preparedness for outbreaks of COVID-19 and other outbreaks of known or emerging epidemic-prone diseases. We aim to perform a comprehensive analysis to trace the origins and spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in association with time-related public health measures in Latvia. We will also employ a state-of-the-art phylogenetic approach for the analysis of the available whole-genome sequences and epidemiological data to characterize the spread of different viral strains in the country with a particular focus on the super-spreader events. We expect that this approach will enhance the capacity and speed of future outbreak investigations and implementation of control measures. In addition, we will evaluate the impact on the introduction of contact tracing software in the general public. We will produce evidence-based recommendations for safety precautions in schools, hospitals, workplaces, and cultural venues based on a systematic literature review and observational studies based on innovative IT methods. We will perform an advanced seroprevalence survey to obtain representative samples of different Latvian sub-populations and relate observed results with sequencing and epidemiological data. We will improve the laboratory approach to sampling and screening and optimize the data flow. Finally, a comprehensive epidemiological study on the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the environment and domestic animals will also be performed.
|Effective start/end date||3/07/20 → 30/06/21|
- outbreak investigation
- animal health
- enviromental contamination
Field of Science
- 3.1 Basic medicine
Smart Specialization Area
- Biomedicine, medical technologies and biotechnology
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