Exposure to Covid-19 only 11.6 percent in Kerala, says 3rd sero survey by ICMR
Thiruvananthapuram: The result of the third sero survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has come out, said Health Minister K. K. Shailaja said.
A serological survey is meant to check prevalence of a disease in a population, by detecting the presence of specific antibodies against the virus. The survey was held in May, August and December 2020.
According to the results, the number of people who have been exposed to Covid-19 in Kerala is only nearly half of the national average.
The survey results have shown that 21 percent of people have been exposed to Covid-19. But in Kerala, it is 11.6 percent. Shailaja said that this was a result of the coronavirus prevention activities including tests conducted by the state, contact tracing and quarantine.
The third sero survey was conducted in Thrissur, Ernakulam and Palakkad districts. As many as 1,244 antibody tests were conducted. Out of which 11.6 percent were found to have been exposed to Covid-19.
During the first survey in May, the exposure was only 0.33 percent in Kerala while in the national level it was 0.73 percent. During the second survey in August, the exposure was only 0.8 percent in Kerala while in the national level it was 6.66 percent.