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Study Says 43% of Children Have Coronavirus Antibodies | India News


NEW DELHI: Why are children less likely to be infected with SARS-CoV2? A recent study published in the journal Science says that it could be that children already have antibodies against other coronaviruses and these antibodies can block SARS-CoV2, saving children from the new pandemic. A group of researchers from the Francis Crick Institute in London, led by George Kassiotis, who heads the Retroviral Immunology Laboratory at the institute, reported that on average, only 5% of adults have these antibodies, compared to 43% of children.
About one in five of the colds that infect children are caused by viruses in this family. Antibodies developed during these colds can help children fight SARS-COV2. The researchers evaluated blood samples taken before the pandemic from more than 300 adults and 48 children and adolescents and compared them with samples from more than 170 people who had been infected with the new coronavirus. The study showed that many children, and some adults, carried a particular antibody that can prevent coronaviruses.
Now, the researchers plan to expand the study to examine it further. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, different studies have shown that the infection affects children and adults differently. The number of infected children appears to be much lower than that of adults, even though children are often a risk group for serious respiratory infections. Even in cases where children have been infected, the disease is usually mild.

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