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ICMR SERO SURVEY

ICMR SERO SURVEY

Context:

The most recent serological survey conducted nationwide by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has tracked down that up to two-thirds of the country’s population who are over the age of six have effectively been infected with the Coronavirus.

Highlights of the Survey:

  • The 4th serosurvey was conducted in June and July after the 2nd wave had begun to subside.
  • Around 28,975 people were tested for the presence of SARS-CoV2 virus antibodies and 67.6% gave a positive result.
  • For the 1st time, minors of the 6 to 17 years age group were also added to the serosurvey. Almost half of those tested were found to have antibodies.
  • With two-thirds of the population has already been infected and the seroprevalence discovered to be comparative in urban and rural areas has greatly reduced the possibility of a 3rd wave being as severe as the 2nd wave was.
  • Also, since at least 1 vaccination dose has been received by 32 crore people there would be a fair overlap between those vaccinated and those who were infected, but the two figures put together mean that more than 70% of the population over the age of 6 are expected to have developed some sort of immunity.

Significance of the Serosurvey:

  • It dissipates some worries regarding the third wave.
  • It will also help the government plan its gradual opening up process.

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