Small Amount of People Developed Antibodies Against COVID-19, Warns WHO

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Sarah Peddie

The World Health Organisation have warned that very few people have developed antibodies in their blood showing that they have been infected by the coronavirus. 

A small proportion of the world’s population - around 2-3 percent appear to be showing antibodies in their blood which shows they have been infected by the Covid-19 virus. 

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general said at a media briefing: “easing restrictions is not the end of the epidemic in any country.

“So-called lockdowns can help to take the heat out of a country’s epidemic.”

Serological testing found out how large a proportion of the population had the virus and developed antibodies suggests that the numbers are quite low.

The WHO had also admitted that the numbers of people with antibodies is a lot lower than they expected at this moment in time. 

A study carried out by Stanford University in Santa Clara, California released a “pre-print” and found that 50 to 85 times more people had been infected with the virus. 

Santa Clara had just under 1,100 confirmed cases at the time the study was carried out but tests suggest that between 48,000 and 81,000 had been infected by early April - most of whom did not develop any symptoms. 

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