Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reports indicating that Black communities in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada are at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection. However, the reasons for this increased risk are unclear.
The seroMARK project is a research study that will use seroprevalence to understand the extent to which the Black community in Canada has been affected by COVID-19. Infection will be determined by measuring the antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19. The project seeks to answer the following questions:
- How common is COVID-19 infection in the Black Canadian population in Ontario?
- What factors are most responsible for infection in the Black Canadian community in Ontario?
- To what extent will infection rates in Black Canadian communities change over time?
Finding answers to these questions will help us understand how vulnerable Black Canadians are to COVID-19 and future waves of infection. This will help determine how the community might be protected from the virus and how long this protection might last.