Corona: The risk of the third wave is less on children than adults, claims in a new study of WHO and AIIMS

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During the third wave of the corona, children are likely to be at less risk than adults. This has been claimed in the latest seroprevalence survey by the World Health Organization and the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). Let us inform you that in view of the dangerous variant of Corona, there is a possibility of a third wave. However, the new study by WHO and AIIMS is a bit of a relief.


According to the new serosurvey, the SARS CoV-2 'sero positivity rate is higher in children than in adults, and therefore it is unlikely that the current form of Kovid-19 will affect children aged two years and above comparatively higher in the future. will affect. 'Sero-positivity' is the presence of a specific type of antibody in the blood.



Samples of 10,000 people from five states were taken

The results of the study come amid concerns raised about the possibility of children and adolescents being most affected in the third wave of Kovid-19 in the country. The interim results of the study have been released in MedRxiv, a pre-publication server. These results are based on a medium-term analysis of 4,509 participants. These included 700 children in the age group of two to 17 years and 3,809 persons in the age group of 18 and above. These people were drawn from five states.

The data collection period was from March 15 to June 15. These were taken from five locations, including Delhi Urban Rehabilitation Colony, Delhi Rural (villages in Faridabad district under Delhi-NCR), Bhubaneshwar Rural Area, Gorakhpur Rural Area, and Agartala Rural Area.

AIIMS and WHO jointly studied

The results are part of a multi-centered, population-based, age-based sero-presence study conducted by Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and other experts including Professors Puneet Mishra, Shashi Kant, and Sanjay K Rai from the Department for Center of Medicine. under the World Health Organization Unity Studies.

The study is being conducted in five selected states with a proposed population of 10,000. "Sero presence is 55.7 percent in the age group below 18 years and 63.5 percent in the age group above 18 years," the results said. There is no statistically significant difference in attendance between adults and children.

According to the results of the study, the seropositivity rate was found to be lower in rural areas as compared to urban locations (in Delhi). Children in rural areas were found to have relatively less seropositivity than adults.