The first pan-Kashmir sero-prevalence survey has revealed that close to 40 per cent of the people in the Valley have developed antibodies for Covid-19.
The survey, in which 6,000 samples from all 10 districts of Kashmir were tested, showed that 38.8 per cent of the population has developed the antibodies. The highest prevalence of antibodies was among participants in Pulwama (43.1 per cent), followed by Budgam (43 per cent), with Srinagar district showing a sero-prevalence of 40.7 per cent.
The study was a joint exercise by Government Medical College, Srinagar along with National Health Mission, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, SKIMS Medical College, Government Medical Colleges Anantnag and Baramulla and Kashmir’s Directorate of Health Services.
“The study indicates that there has been widespread transmission of SARS CoV-2 infection in general population and there are apprehensions that the majority of unaffected population may also contract the Covid-19 infection if SOPs aren’t followed,” said Dr Muhammad Salim Khan, who heads the department of community medicine at Government Medical College, Srinagar. “There seems to be complacency among general population and very few people are now using masks.”
According to the study, the prevalence of antibodies was higher among women (40.2 per cent) than in men (37.3 per cent).
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