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About 43% children have antibodies for Covid-19: Study

November 17, 2020

According to a new study, children have a distinct immune response to the coronavirus disease compared to adults. The study was part of a research to understand the ravaging effects of the Covid-19.

The research is led by George Kassiotis who heads the Retroviral Immunology Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute.

As per experts, children’s immune systems develop a type of antibodies during common cold infections which might be giving them a degree of protection against the disease.

For the study, experts assessed blood samples of more than 300 adults and 48 children and compared it with the samples of 170 people who have been infected with the viral disease.

The findings showed that many children carried a particular type of antibody that is helping their immune system prevent Covid-19 infection. Only five percent of adults have these antibodies, as compared to 43 percent of children, the research showed. 

Earlier, another study published in an immunology journal also stated that children who contract the virus rarely develop the kinds of severe respiratory and other symptoms seen in adults.

Source: Hindustan Times

Read: Ensuring children’s health and wellbeing in the Covid19 era

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