Sero Survey will help in strategizing vaccination and lockdown in India, says health experts

A statewide coronavirus serological survey, according to health specialists working with COVID-19, would be advantageous since it would reveal the exact viral load and so aid in the development of solutions. To understand the current course of the virus, sero surveys assess and track infection patterns in the population, which is primarily location-based. The Centre recently declared that a nationwide sero surveillance initiative would be launched, and the States have been urged to participate in order to conduct fact-based monitoring of the issue.

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Dr. Neeraj Nischal, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, AIIMS, told ANI, “The majority of COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic or have moderate symptoms. They might not seek a test or medical help, thus there could be a significant number of people who have been infected but are unaware of it. The primary goal of sero surveys is to determine the true extent of infection. From this perspective, sero monitoring is critical since it allows researchers to determine which areas have a susceptible population.”

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According to specialists, special serological surveillance tactics for specific areas can be developed and followed, lowering the positives rate even further. According to Dr. Nischal, “This type of study can always be used to determine a plan. This will encourage people in the area to be vaccinated, allowing the area’s vaccination plan to be strengthened. Also, if a disease outbreak occurs in a certain area, a micro lockdown can be imposed in that region to safeguard the vulnerable people.”

These surveys can be used to develop a strategy, such as vaccination or a lockdown decision, which, according to doctors, can help save a lot of lives. In June, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will begin the fourth nationwide sero survey to assess the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. VK Paul, a member of the NITI Aayog’s Health Committee, said on Friday, “The national sero survey has been prepared. This month, the ICMR will begin work on the next sero survey. However, if we want to preserve our geographies, we won’t be able to rely solely on national sero surveys; we’ll need to encourage states to do their own sero surveys as well.” According to figures issued by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday, India had 80,834 new cases and 3,303 deaths.

source: ANI

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