This page gives an overview of how the UT researchers help to solve the global coronavirus pandemic. Here, you will find references to studies on coronavirus and the impact of the emergency situation carried out by UT researchers and their related comments published in media.
Studies conducted at the University of Tartu
By a cross-sectional study consisting of eight waves, UT researchers are determining the actual prevalence and progress of the pandemic in Estonia. Across Estonia, 16,000–20,000 people based on a random statistical sample will be interviewed and invited to be tested for coronavirus to provide the state with evidence-based data for the gradual exit from the emergency situation. A broad-based team of UT researchers has been involved in the preparation and implementation of the study, including experts from the UT Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health, Institute of Genomics, Institute of Computer Science, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics and Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies. Read more...
An interdisciplinary research team of the University of Tartu is actively collecting, modelling and analysing data on the spread of coronavirus. The researchers invite people to participate in a study on the prevalence of COVID-19 to create a database for mapping and modelling the spread of the virus. The research group includes computer scientists, statisticians, mathematicians and medical, genetic and social scientists of the University of Tartu. Read more...
UT economists are participating in a study coordinated by the Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI, https://celsi.sk/en/contacts/), aiming to map the policy measures used for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in different countries.
International study. In the European research consortium DynaMORE (www.dynamore-project.eu), scientists work together to find out how people adapt to adverse life circumstances and stress, and which factors protect them from developing stress-related mental disorders. Oftentimes, stressors differ a lot from person to person. However, the corona pandemic is currently affecting the lives of people all around the world and offers the opportunity to investigate which strategies are helpful in overcoming such big challenges.Estonian study. With the study, researchers collect information on which factors help or hinder coping with the emergency situation and adapting to changes. The results will help to determine which aspects should be emphasised in intervention and prevention.
In the study, a mobile game will be used to map the state of mental health of 7-14-year-olds and give them individual support to prevent the development of psychological issues. The game developed by Triumf Health includes a path about coronavirus, aiming to help children cope better in the current situation caused by the virus.
Medical researchers of the University of Tartu are participating in a study “Description of the cohort of SARS-CoV-2 positive women in childbirth admitted to Estonian hospitals and their newborns, the progress of childbirth and the newborn’s infection within the first 14 days of life”.
The University of Tartu, Tartu University Hospital and North Estonia Medical Center are inviting those who have recovered from the coronavirus disease to donate blood plasma as part of a clinical study of the efficiency of plasma therapy in the treatment of severely ill COVID-19 patients. Up to one hundred volunteers aged between 18 and 60 are needed for the study. Eligibility for the study is being assessed in both Tallinn and Tartu. Eligible donors will be sent to the Blood Center at North Estonia Medical Center for final assessment and plasma collection. More information (in Estonian and Russian)
There are many COVID-19 studies in progress, however there is very little published data available on the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies. To assess the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in all of Estonia we will first conduct a test-study in two Estonian regions, Saaremaa and Harjumaa. Read more...
06.08.20 University of Tartu researchers continue the study on the point prevalence of coronavirus
06.08.20 Professor Lutsar: no sign of the coronavirus subsiding
06.08.20 Coronavirus is ten times more prevalent than previously thought
02.06.20 The results of a monitoring study conducted by the University of Tartu for presentation to the government committee confirm that the easing of restrictions is justified
16.05.20 University of Tartu and Triumf Health started a study on supporting children’s mental health
15.05.20 Researchers from Tartu and Norway identified potential inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2
12.05.20 Coronavirus in Estonia has at least eight mutations
11.05.20 University of Tartu researchers and Selfdiagnostics OÜ develop a unique coronavirus rapid test
11.05.20 Study on coronavirus antibodies launched in Saaremaa and Õismäe
06.05.20 The first results of a cross-sectional study on the prevalence of the coronavirus in Estonia
23.04.20 Study on coronavirus prevalence launched
16.04.20 University of Tartu scientists develop SARS-CoV-2 antibody detection test
08.04.20 The Centre for Ethics assisted Estonian hospitals in drafting guidelines for crises
03.04.20 University of Tartu researchers study the spread of coronavirus in Estonia
20.03.20 The Government Committee on the emergency situation confirms the members of the scientific advisory board for combatting COVID-19
18.03.20 Tõnu Lehtsaar: how to cope with forced quarantine at home?
In media, topics on coronavirus have been most often commented by (from the left) UT Professor of Medical Microbiology Irja Lutsar, UT Research Professor of Applied Virology Andres Merits and UT Professor of Mathematical Statistics Krista Fischer.