News Desk, Dhaka::
The rate of Covid-19 antibody generation is higher among people living in slum areas, an icddr,b study has found.
The purposive study said 72% of people living in slum regions were found to be Covid-19 seroprevalence positive, commonly known as its antibody, according to Dr Rubhana Raqib, one of the principal investigators of the study.
The icddr,b study also found that the difference in seropositivity was negligible between adults and children as 70% of the adult respondents had seroprevalence compared to 65.5% of the children.
Seropositive individuals had adequate serum zinc levels compared to seronegative people who are yet to grow the antibody which may be related to mild disease or asymptomatic infection.
Among the 68 % seropositive participants of the icddr,b study survey, only 35.5% were estimated to have mild symptoms.
While responding to a question in a virtual program on Tuesday, she also said that 62% of people who live in non-slum areas were also found to be Covid-19 seroprevalence positive.
A total of 3,220 people took part in the survey, which took place in three Dhaka slums and two Chittagong slums between October 2020 and February 2021.
The study included non-slum areas near slums as well.
The goal of the study, titled “Driving Factors of Covid-19 in Slums and Non-Slum Areas of Dhaka and Chittagong,” was to identify the prevalence of infection in slum and non-slum groups in Bangladesh’s two largest cities, as well as the factors that influence seropositivity.