Around 10,000 children in Mumbai were included in the antibody survey study.
A recent serosurvey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has highlighted that over 50% of children have developed antibodies against the coronavirus. As per reports, around 10,000 children, aged between 6 and 18 years were sampled in the antibody survey study. The study stretched from May to June and covered all 24 municipal wards of Mumbai.
Serosurvey highlights increased COVID positivity in the pediatric population
The BYL Nair Hospital and Kasturba Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory of the BMC, conducted a sero-surveillance among the pediatric population in Mumbai amid the looming fear of the expected third wave rise. In line with the third wave alert for a scaling virus incidence among children, the survey findings have revealed a 51.18% virus prevalence in the sample pool. This infers that a significant proportion of children in Mumbai have already been exposed to the coronavirus infection.
An official release of the BMC detailed that of the total mean virus prevalency, seropositivity ranged at 54.36% in public sector kids and 47.03% in the private sector. It further reads that children aged between 10 to 14 years of age have the highest immunity against the infection. This was followed by a 51.39% seropositivity in the oldest, 15 to 18 age group. While a 51.04% virus positivity was found in the youngest lot of 1 to 4 years, those aged between 5 to 9 years corresponded to the lowest seropositivity at 47.33%
This happened to be the 4th such serosurvey among children and it concludes a distinct increase in the seropositivity rate in the pediatric population of Mumbai. The reports of Serosurvey 3, conducted in March 2021, noted a 39.4% positivity in children less than 18 years of age. The growing scale points at a higher infection rate among the children during the anticipated third swell of the coronavirus, higher than the previous two waves.
While more young children will be left vulnerable to the virus ascent, the study advises that targeted health education and awareness about COVID-appropriate behavior should be created through various social media platforms, cartoon advertisements and catchy jingles.