A Sero Prevalence Survey has found that over 50 per cent of the children in Mumbai were infected with COVID-19 during the second wave. The results of the survey are a positive sign as it means that most of the children have developed antibodies against the deadly virus which would last for the next three to four months.
Many doctors and health professionals have predicted that the possible third wave of COVID in India could affect children more than adults.
Report says that a sero survey was conducted by the Mumbai civic body and it has been found out that more than 50 per cent of the pediatric population has antibodies.
The BMC has also said that the antibodies amongst the pediatric population have also increased during the second wave.
Many experts have predicted that the possible third wave of coronavirus is likely to affect the pediatric population as this group did not get vaccinated against the virus.
A Sero-survey of SARS-CoV-2 infection of children between the age group of 6 and 18 was conducted from April 1 till June 15 in 24 wards of Mumbai by BYL Nair Hospital and Kasturba Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory of BMC.
The study found that more than 50 per cent of the pediatric population in a healthcare setting have already been exposed to COVID. “
Sero positivity is highest in the age group 10-14 years.
“Taking age into consideration, the Sero positivity rate of 1 to 4 years is 51.04 per cent, 5 to 9 years is 47.33 per cent, 10 to 14 years is 53.43 per cent, 15 to 18 years is 51.39 per cent. The overall Sero positivity rate of 1 to 18 years is 51.18 per cent,” the survey report said.
Importantly, Maharashtra’s Covid-19 task force on June 17 warned that the possible third wave could hit the state as early as in two-four weeks as huge crowd is seen at public places.
“The UK is facing a third wave within four weeks of ebbing of the second wave. We could be in the same situation if we don’t stay vigilant and practice Covid-appropriate behavior,” Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of the task force said.
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