1 year of COVID crisis: chronic stress continues to peak with healthcare providers and caregivers

Healthcare providers and caregivers still experience symptoms of chronic stress to a large to very large extend after one year of the corona crisis. This persistent stress has a negative impact on their well-being and could also have a negative impact on the quality of the provided care. 19% of the participants are considering quitting their profession. The need for support remains high. These are the results of the second national ‘POWER TO CARE’ survey by Sciensano and KU Leuven, in which 2,530 healthcare professionals and informal carers participated.

Webinar | Leptospirosis and other rodent-borne haemorrhagic fevers


Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects both humans and animals, with a wide variety of symptoms, from mild illness to serious and sometimes fatal disease. This zoonotic disease (transmitted from animals to humans) occurs worldwide and is a problem of human and veterinary public health. 

You are kindly invited to the online meeting of the European Leptospirosis Society, which will take place on May 6th, 2021. 



Contact person: 
Catherine Vandenberghe

Number of pupils and school staff with antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 comparable to number in the general population

From December 2020 to Januari 2021, 12.4% of the pupils and 14.8% of the school staff in primary school and in the first grade of secondary education in Belgium had antibodies against the coronavirus. These results are comparable to the findings in the general population. This is shown in a study by Sciensano in collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven. The study lasts until the end of the school year and follows the evolution of the number of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in pupils and school staff.

Restart weekend reporting from 27/3

Due to the current epidemiological situation, the Hospital & Transport Surge Capacity committee has asked hospitals to report their numbers to Sciensano again on a daily basis, including weekends. As a result, all COVID-19 figures will be updated daily on the Epistat dashboard and in the open datasets. A daily report will appear every day.

COVID-19 figures will not be updated on Sundays

The “Hospital & Transport Surge Capacity” committee has decided that as from Saturday 20 March 2021, hospitals will no longer have to send their COVID-19 surveillance data to Sciensano on Saturdays, to reduce their workload. They can postpone reporting the data from Saturday to Sunday (in 2 separate registrations for Saturday and Sunday). As a consequence, the COVID-19 figures will not be updated on Sundays anymore.

Participate in the 6th COVID-19 health survey

Where are we after one year of living in the coronavirus pandemic? What impact does this have on your health, well-being and lifestyle? And what is your attitude towards the vaccination? Let us know by filling out the 6th COVID-19 health survey of Sciensano.

The previous COVID-19 health surveys could count on more than 30,000 participants each! Once again, we rely on your participation.

METROFOOD-RI open calls: apply for free access to food safety and food quality services

METROFOOD is an EU-funded ESFRI project, aiming to establish a new European Research Infrastructure (RI) to increase efficiency in food quality and food safety research. It provides and coordinates high-level metrological services on a European scale. The research project now launches 2 open calls with the possibility to get subsidised access to the project’s facilities. Is your project well aligned with the aims of METROFOOD-RI and does it meet the technical, scientific and ethical requirements? Apply here to receive subsidised services!

5G-technology: fact check

Recently, the new  mobile network 5G was launched in Belgium. This fifth generation of wireless communication technology raises a lot of questions and concerns. Together with the fact that, so far, very little research has been done on the health effects of 5G, fake news and conspiracy theories emerged. 

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