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Covid19 Antibodies

Almost 90 per cent of people in the Greater Mumbai area have COVID-19 antibodies – meaning they have been exposed to the coronavirus at least once – according to the results of a serosurvey conducted between August 12 and September 9 in anticipation of the third wave of infections. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the city’s civic body, has warned people that estimated seroprevalence levels do not necessarily indicate high protection levels. Scientists continue to emphasise the use of face masks and hand sanitisers when in public, as well as maintaining social distance, particularly with the holiday season around the corner.

Mumbai civic body collected 900 covid samples.

The fifth by the Mumbai civic body so far – studied 9000 samples collected via systematic random sampling from all 24 city wards. 65 per cent of samples were from people who had received at least one dose of a vaccine. Sero-prevalence, or presence of antibodies detected in 90.26 per cent of this group. Among unvaccinated participants, seroprevalence was detected in only 80 per cent. The reinforcing scientists and medical experts’ pleas to people to get vaccines against the virus. 20 per cent of samples from healthcare workers. Sero-prevalence was 87.14 per cent.

The survey indicated no significant difference between a slum and non-slum populations – 87.02 per cent to 86.22 per cent. In both cases, levels are higher than earlier surveys. There is also no statistically significant difference in seroprevalence between populations in Mumbai City and those in its suburbs. There is, though, a slight difference between men and women. The results of the fourth serosurvey in Mumbai were conducted between April 1 and June 15. It revealed that over 51 per cent of the city’s paediatric population had Covid antibodies. There is a notable increase in the seropositivity in the paediatric population to SARS-CoV-2. The virus that causes COVID-19) in this study.

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