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Third wave unlikely to hit kids disproportionately: Sero study

The WHO-AIIMS study revealed that sero-prevalence was 55.7% in the less-than-18-years group and 63.5% among adults of age 18 and above. (Reuters image)

NEW DELHI: A third possible wave in India due to the prevailing Covid-19 variant is unlikely to disproportionately affect children than adults, showed a seroprevalence study conducted among children of 2-17 years age from March 15 to June 10 by World Health Organisation (WHO) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Findings of the study show sero-prevalence was 55.7% in the less-than-18-years group and 63.5% among adults of age 18 years and above.

“The SARS-CoV-2 seropositivity rate among children was high and comparable to the adult population. Hence, it is unlikely that any future third wave by prevailing Covid-19 variant would disproportionately affect children two years or older,” said a pre-print of the study published in medRxiv.

The study was conducted in five selected states with a total sample size of 10,000. Data of 4,500 participants from four states were taken for midterm analysis, whereas more results are likely to come in the next two-three months.

The study findings show that irrespective of the age-groups, rural sites had lower sero-positivity compared to urban areas. Within the rural sites, children had slightly lower sero-positivity compared to adults. “However, this differential prevalence was not observed in the urban sites,” the study said.


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