Surveillance and study protocols

ECDC provides technical guidance to the Member States. This includes guidance for the implementation of monitoring systems for specific groups vulnerable to COVID-19, a methodology for estimating the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in the population, and support to timely reporting of key information on COVID-19 epidemiology in EU/EEA Member States and the UK.

The following technical guidance is available:

The TESSy reporting protocol for COVID-19  contains guidelines on how to prepare data for submission to TESSy, lists all deadlines, and points out recent changes to the reporting metadata.

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Methodology for estimating point prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection by pooled RT-PCR testing

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The methodology presented in this document provides a way to efficiently estimate COVID-19 prevalence by analysing the results of pooled RT-PCR tests, without the need to identify individual test results. The statistical foundation of the methodology is explained in detail.

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Surveillance of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA

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It is of paramount importance to be able to rapidly identify, assess and control COVID-19 outbreaks in LTCFs in order to protect this particularly fragile population. This document provides guidance for EU/EEA Member States planning to implement monitoring systems at LTCFs and describes the surveillance objectives.

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Strategies for the surveillance of COVID-19

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Testing strategies for SARS-CoV-2

Page last updated 25 Mar 2021