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SZTE Conducts About 3,000 Coronavirus Tests as Part of a Nationwide Screening

The University of Szeged is participating in a national screening study which involves tens of thousands of people, based on a representative sample. The series of studies aims to get an accurate picture of the extent of the epidemic and the actual number of people infected and re-infected with the coronavirus. Staff from the University collected 16.4 percent of the total national samples from Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Békés, Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun counties.

A total of 17,778 people over 14 years old from various age groups, selected with the assistance of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH), will be invited to participate in the national screening. 16.4 percent of the samples are collected by the staff of the University of Szeged from Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Békés, Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun counties. The Albert Szent-Györgyi Health Center of the University of Szeged will be conducting the examinations. The screening process will take 14 days to complete and involves 15 working groups from the University of Szeged, which includes doctors, nurses, assistants and residents.


Selected candidates have been notified in advance by letter and where appropriate, by telephone and appointments created for them to attend a pre-arranged location. Alternatively, mobile testing will also be available, with the assistance from staff of the National Ambulance Service, so that the elderly or those with chronic illness do not have to leave their homes. The staff of the University of Szeged repeats the comprehensive cross-sectional examination at least twice during the course of the epidemic, with at least a one-month gap. Public participation in the testing is voluntary and free.

 

‘During the test, a sample from nasal and pharyngeal swabs is taken, which is necessary to determine the PCR test. Blood samples are also taken, which is important for antibody analysis. In addition to the sampling, a questionnaire will be filled out, which will help us to analyze other epidemiological aspects as well’ said Prof. Dr. Csaba Lengyel, President of the Szent-Györgyi Albert Clinical Center of the University of Szeged. He added that the success of the study is not only in the interest of the screened individuals, but also in the national interest as these studies help us to assess the current epidemiological situation and how to further implement control measures.

 

From 1 May, the national level will be conducted by the four Hungarian medical training institutions under the leadership of Semmelweis University and with the support of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology. A national clinical epidemiological study is being prepared and will be based on the following; actual number of currently infected people in Hungary, how many people have become ill and immune to the virus so far, and how many may be asymptomatic virus carriers. The results of the nationwide testing are expected to be released in mid-May. Anyone who participates in the study will be notified of their results without exception.

SZTE Experience

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Ahmad Adha - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

I am Ahmad Adha from Indonesia and currently a 3rd year student in Theoretical Linguistics PhD program. I chose the University of Szeged (SZTE) as my study destination because it is located in the center of the town and it is also the highest ranked university in Hungary. The university staff and the professors were very accommodating and understanding when I decided to change the program that suits my research topic. I am so glad that I can be a part of my current department, and of course SZTE, since it is also the Center of Pragmatic Research which aims to promote advanced linguistic pragmatic research with international collaborations. After graduating, I wish to continue to work in my academic field as a professor and a researcher. My advice for prospective SZTE students is to choose a university with a good academic reputation that fits their passion.

 

93292160_608489396406408_4799535565693255680_oOlney Rodrigues - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Olney Rodrigues de Oliveira and I am from Brazil. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in the Doctoral School of Education at SZTE. I chose the University of Szeged because it’s one of the best universities in Europe, especially in the field of education. I personally love Szeged because it is safe and I love the architecture, the cultural events, the local Market Mars Tér and so many other beautiful destinations. For my studies I wanted to have an excellent university in a good quality life city and Szeged offers me that. It’s neither too big nor too small, I can ride my bike to go to my classes and practically everything is within a walking distance. I would advise the prospective students to enjoy the city during their stay, the cultural and historical events, know other international students and make a lot of friends, visit other cities in Hungary and make good memories. I am pretty sure that you will be proud of this priceless experience. Before coming to Hungary I worked several years as a teacher. I love the academic environment, the libraries, relationship with students and the feeling to be involved in the acquisition of new knowledge. That is why I plan to be part of a University as a professor as well as to keep researching in different aspects of the process of education. I am so thankful to be here and I believe that the Universe brought me to Szeged because the city and the University are the experience that I need in my life now.

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