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J’khand heading towards herd immunity: Experts | Ranchi News

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Ranchi: If the findings of the national sero survey are to be believed, Jharkhand might develop herd immunity ahead of a possible third wave. As per the fourth national sero survey for SARS-Cov-2 released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the general population in the state showed IgG positivity (anti S1-RBD antibodies) to the tune of 55.3% while it touched 80.43% among health workers.
As per the document released by ICMR, a total of 1,231 persons were tested for antibodies across three districts from the general population, of which 680 showed the presence of antibodies. While among health workers, 302 persons were tested and 243 had antibodies.
The three districts that were selected for the survey are Pakur, Latehar and Simdega. In the general population category, Simdega topped the chart with 65.3% of those surveyed having antibodies while Latehar reported 56.6% and Pakur 44%. In the health worker category, 85% in Latehar have developed antibodies followed by Simdega with 81%, while Pakur reported 77%.
Talking to TOI, the director of state TB cell, Dr A Mitra, said: “The findings of the recent sero survey are encouraging as they reflect that the presence of antibodies among the general population as well as the health workers in the state has increased substantially. This will help us to fight the virus.”
Dr Mitra further said: “Apart from the national sero surveys, we have also conducted two surveys since the outbreak of the pandemic. During our first sero survey, which was conducted a couple of months after the first case was reported in the state, only 2.15% of the total population had antibodies. During the second survey, which was conducted after the beginning of the second wave, antibodies were found in 35% of the population.”
In view of the recent findings, healthcare experts said that Jharkhand have already developed herd immunity. They added that the reasons behind the development of antibodies in a large chunk of population were mass infection during second wave and the ongoing vaccination drive.
Talking to TOI, public health expert and professor of preventive and social medicine at Rims Dr Dewesh Kumar said: “We are already headed towards herd immunity and it is a good sign for us as it will help in reducing mortality among patients in the next wave. The severity of the disease, too, will be less in comparison to the earlier waves as a large segment has been infected and has developed antibodies.”
On being asked about the possibility of a third wave, Dr Dewesh said: “We cannot comment on the arrival of a third wave. Having said that, it seems that the severity of the infection has gone down due to the development of antibodies among the population,” Dewesh said.

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