ICMR’s second sero-survey to cover children aged 10 and abov
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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in its second sero-surveillance study, is set to also cover children aged 10 and above.

“The repeat survey will essentially cover the same districts. But this time, it will also cover children who are 10 and above. We are also surveying members of the same family. These are the new factors in the second survey,” said ICMR scientist Dr Rajni Kant, head of the department for research management, policy planning and communication.

He said the survey, which has commenced in most of the districts, should be finished by the first of week of next month. The analysis of the results will take until the end of next month to be completed.

In its early findings from the first sero-survey, the ICMR had said only 0.73% the population in India had shown exposure history to the new coronavirus.

The first survey was conducted through April and May. The follow-up will be carried out during the “unlock” phase to understand infection patterns during both these periods. It will check if disease-control methods adopted so far have worked.

The ICMR experts said the sero-surveys will help determine the proportion of population exposed to SARS-Cov-2 infection including asymptomatic individuals.

The second study will also check what percentage of the community has developed antibodies and assess how close the country is to possible herd immunity.

Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/diagnostics/icmrs-second-sero-survey-to-cover-children-aged-10-and-above/77781882
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