A massive antibody study in England has found that 3.4 million people, or 6 per cent of the country’s population, have contracted the coronavirus.
The study of over 100,000 volunteers, whom the government rated as the largest survey of its kind, showed the seriousness of the different outbreak between demographics and different areas across the country.
London, with a population of nearly 9 million people, was hit hardest, with 13 percent of residents having coronavirus antibodies. Less than 3 per cent of residents in the South West of England had the same results.
The study found high levels of antibodies among people working in the “home care” (16 percent) and healthcare industry (12 percent), while the rate of antibodies for Black (17 percent) and Asian people (12 percent) were significantly higher than those for white people (5 percent.).
The antibody rate was also higher among those aged 18-34 years than 65 years and older, and people living in households with more than 6 or 7 people were more than twice as likely; have antibodies than those living alone or with only one other person.
Of those who tested positive for antibodies, 32 percent reported having no COVID-19 symptoms.
The figures are the result of research involving 100,000 people testing themselves at home for coronavirus antibodies from June 20 to July 13. The government claimed that there is no strong evidence that having antibodies translates into immunity to COVID-19.
“There are still many unknowns to this new virus, including the extent to which the presence of antibodies provides protection against future infections,” said Graham Cooke of the UK National Institute for Health Research, adding that the results “will have important implications as decisions to ease blockade restrictions in England. “
Over 46,700 people have died across the UK from coronavirus.
The study will be repeated later this year and is expected to test another 200,000 people for antibodies.
“Large-scale antibody surveillance studies are essential to help us understand how the virus has spread across the country and whether there are specific groups that are most vulnerable,” Health Minister Edward Argar said in an email statement. for Bloomberg. “We do not yet know that antibodies provide immunity to the coronavirus, but the more information we can gather about this virus, and the easier it can be for people to participate in these studies, the better equipped we will be to ‘replied. “