New study reveals IF Pakistan has developed protective immunity against COVID-19

The study's findings state that the people having less seropositivity are at increased risk of contracting Covid19, in case the second wave of Coronavirus starts to form.

A \\’National Seroprevalence Study\\’ was carried out in 25 major cities across Pakistan to examine the percentage of the population that has developed protective immunity (antibodies) against a specific disease – Covid19. The study is based on serology (blood serum) specimens.

The Findings of the Study:

According to the result of the study, around 11% of Pakistanis have developed protective immunity against the Coronavirus infection. It was concluded that the population residing in urban areas has more seropositivity (presence of detectable antibodies) compared to those living in rural areas. Speaking in terms of age, the middle-aged population has more seropositivity than senior citizens.

Throughout the study, it was noted that approximately 60% to 70% of the population were wearing face masks and practicing frequent hand washing. This observation implied that the significant awareness campaigns launched by the government against the Coronavirus pandemic were successful.

However, the study calls for increased healthcare facilities to combat the second wave of Coronavirus, especially in low seropositivity zones.

Dr. Javed Usman, Professor of Microbiology at the Army Medical College Rawalpindi, said:

The National Seroprevalence Study has affirmed that Pakistan, at the moment, is far away from achieving herd immunity. Pakistan will be closer to herd immunity once 50% of its population develops antibodies against the Coronavirus. 89% of the Pakistanis will be susceptible to the Coronavirus in the case of a second wave.

The study\\’s findings state that the people having less seropositivity are at increased risk of contracting Covid19, in case the second wave of Coronavirus starts to form.

It is to be noted that the Health Services Academy joined hands with the Aga Khan University and the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch the \\’National Seroprevalence Study\\’ in July. In an official statement, the Ministry of National Health Services said:

This study is part of a bigger WHO Unity Study being carried out in 25 countries simultaneously.

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