Kerala: Serosurvey results cast uncertainty over school reopening
Thiruvananthapuram: The seroprevalence survey held in the state among children shows that the presence of the antibody is only around 30 percent.
The survey was held among kids of the age group of 5-17.
The vaccination is not open for this category. It means only 30 percent of the children of this age group so far affected with Covid-19.
A total of 1,520 samples were collected for the study. The report will be discussed in the Covid-19 review meeting at 3.30 PM on Saturday. It may force the state to relook into the current strategy for reopening schools.
Dr T S Anish, Community Medicine, Medical College Thiruvananthapuram, said that the seroprevalance among the adults is more important as the Covid-19 will not affect children much. What is worrying is whether they will carry the virus to home and give it to elderly people. Since we are more than 90 per cent vaccinated, situation is better in Kerala. Even if they spread the virus, it will not worsen, he said.
Earlier, a study conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGMER), Chandigarh, claims that 71 per cent of the samples of a serosurvey conducted by the institute have developed antibodies. The survey was conducted among 2,700 children.
Dr Padmanabha Shenoy said that the schools must be opened in a phased manner.