A large UK antibody study found that 3.4 million people, or 6% of the country’s population, were infected with coronavirus.
The study of over 100,000 volunteers, considered the largest of its kind by the government, showed the severity of the outbreaks varied between demographics and different regions across the country.
London, with a population of nearly 9 million, is the hardest hit, with 13% of its residents having coronavirus antibodies. Less than 3 percent of residents in the southwestern region of England had the same results.
The study showed high rates of antibodies in people working in the “care home” (16%) and the healthcare industry (12%), while the antibody rate was in blacks (17%) and Asians (12%) were significantly higher than whites (5 percent.).
Antibody rates are also higher in people 18-34 years older than 65 years and older, and those living in households with more than 6 or 7 people are twice as likely to have antibodies than those in live alone or with someone else.
Among those who tested positive for antibodies, 32% reported asymptomatic COVID-19.
These numbers are the results of a study involving 100,000 people self-testing for coronavirus antibodies at home from June 20 to July 13. The government believes that there is no strong evidence that antibodies turn into antibodies. immunity to COVID-19.
“There is still a lot left unknown with this new virus, including the extent to which antibodies are present to protect against infections,” said Graham Cooke of the National Institutes of Health Research UK. coincide in the future “. to ease lock-in restrictions in the UK. “
More than 46,700 people have died across the UK from coronavirus.
The research will be replicated later this year and is expected to test antibodies for another 200,000 people.
“Large-scale antibody surveillance studies are critical to help us understand how the virus spreads nationwide and whether there are specific groups that are more vulnerable,” Health Minister Edward Argar said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. “We don’t yet know that antibodies provide immunity to coronavirus, but the more information we get about the virus and the more we can help people participate in the studies. The easier it is, the better we are equipped to respond. ”