Received: 17 December 2021
Accepted: 21 March 2022
First Online: 23 April 2022
: The study protocol was submitted to the pertinent ethical committee (Comitato Etico per la ricercar Clinica delle Province di Verona e Rovigo; protocol number 33578), and received a waiver of consent on 21 May 2021. All the samples used in the study were from patients who signed an informed consent form to donate their samples for research purposes at the time of blood sampling for routine diagnostic analyses; the results of this study did not influence the clinical management of patients whose sera were used. Before the analysis, the laboratory and demographic data were uncoupled, and the samples re-coded. Excel databases with demographic and laboratory data were stored separately, and both were protected by password.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.