According to the second survey report released by ICMR this week, one in 15 individuals aged more than 10 years were estimated to be exposed to corona virus last month.
Key Findings of SERO Survey
The recent survey that was conducted in around 700 wards has released some important findings. Like, the urban slum and urban non-slum areas had higher SARS-CoV-2 infection prevalence than that of the rural areas in the country. No wonder, people in remote areas are still not stepping out without any reason. Speaking about the findings, Director General, ICMR Balram Bhargava said in his official release that the risk in urban slums is twice than that in non-slum areas and four times the risk in rural setting. Adding that urban slums had a 15.6 percent prevalence of SARS-CoV2 while, non-slum areas had a prevalence of 8.2 per cent. Besides this, the ICMR sero-survey finding states that 7.1 per cent of adult population in India has showed evidence of past exposure to Covid-19.
In this backdrop, the ICMR has recommended that due to the upcoming festive season, winter season and mass gathering, inventive containment strategies need to be implemented by the states. The Union health ministry also stressed on the fact that a considerable population in India is still vulnerable to Covid-19. Adding to this, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stressed that masks must be worn at all places, even in the place of worship. He said that the findings indicate that the Indian population is still far from achieving herd immunity against coronavirus infection.