- 87 to 89 percent of youth across the UK have COVID antibodies
- This suggests that they have some protection against infection or jab from the virus.
- Antibody positivity ‘continuously increasing in all four UK countries’, ONS said
According to official estimates, nine out of 10 people aged 16 to 24 in the UK have COVID antibodies.
The Office for National Statistics, which conducted blood tests on young people in four UK countries, found between 87 and 89 percent of them some immunodeficiency.
The presence of coronavirus antibodies shows that someone has been infected or vaccinated in the past.
But they are not a true measure of whether a person is safe from Kovid or not. Other parts of the immune response are involved in fighting the virus, such as T-cells.
A steady increase has been observed across the UK coinciding with the roll-out of vaccines for younger age groups.
The first dose is available for several weeks to adolescents between the ages of 16 and 17, while all those over the age of 18 are eligible starting June.
And with children over 12 being vaccinated in schools from 22 September, a similar increase in antibodies is expected in the youngest teens.
Meanwhile, the ONS data also shows that antibody levels are falling in older age groups, who were the first to receive the jab when the rollout began last December.
Ministers hope that its booster program for vulnerable Britons over 50, and frontline health workers, will keep immunity high over the winter.
But if the NHS comes under pressure, N010 plans to bring back face masks and work from home.
And the government has cautioned that, while the lockdown is only a last resort, it cannot be ruled out.
In England, according to ONS estimates based on a random sample of the population (green lines), 88.7 percent of children aged 16 to 24 have COVID antibodies. The figures for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are similar. And all four countries are seeing a drop in antibody levels in older people who were offered the vaccine earlier this year. The graphs also show that antibody levels coincide with different age groups receiving the vaccine (light and dark blue lines), with rates increasing in recent months among younger people, compared with older people earlier this year. There was a very sharp increase in the number of times they were offered the Covid vaccine.
The graph shows the proportion of over 16 in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland who tested positive for COVID antibodies between 7 December and 23 August. Rates were highest in England (93.6 percent), followed by Scotland (93.3 percent). , Northern Ireland (91.9%) and Wales (91.2%). The graph also shows the proportion of the population that has received at least one vaccine (light blue line) and two JABS (dark blue line).
The ONS modeled the percentage of adults who have COVID antibodies based on blood samples taken from four UK countries and across different age groups. In England and Scotland, antibody levels were highest in younger groups who have recently been given jabs, while the figures for Wales and Northern Ireland were less certain (shown through broad black lines, which were lower around the figures). indicating confidence). But lower levels of antibodies were seen in older age groups in each country.
Antibodies are proteins that the immune system makes in response to any virus to help the body fight it in the future. It takes two to three weeks for them to develop.
But testing positive for antibodies doesn’t completely immunize someone, and those who have them can still get sick.
Scientists say antibody levels naturally drop in the weeks following infection or the first vaccine, and people may no longer have detectable levels of antibodies – even if they did so earlier in the year .
And people who test negative for antibodies can still be protected — there are other ways the immune system can fight off pathogens.
Life expectancy drops to lowest level in a decade due to Covid pandemic
Official data has revealed that life expectancy in England has fallen to its lowest level in a decade due to the Covid pandemic.
Public Health England (PHE) claimed that a ‘very high level’ of pandemic overdose deaths in 2020 were seen to drop life expectancy in men from 1.3 years to 78.7 years. For women, the rate dropped by 0.9 years to 82.7.
It is the lowest since 2011 for both sexes, according to the government agency’s Health Profile for England report.
And the difference in how long people live based on deprivation has reached an all-time high, indicating that the pandemic ‘exacerbated existing inequalities’.
Men living in the least disadvantaged areas can expect to live a decade longer than those in run-down cities, compared to 8.5 years for women.
And there were differences across the country, with London seeing the biggest drop in life expectancy. The smallest drops were observed in the South West and East of England.
Since the virus broke out in the UK last year, around 120,000 people in England have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid.
But the declining levels of antibodies add to a growing body of research that suggests protection from vaccines over time.
This prompted officials to announce this week that vulnerable Britons would be offered a booster vaccine six months after their second job.
In England and Scotland, 88.7 percent of people aged 16 to 24 had COVID antibodies in the week starting 23 August.
Whereas according to ONS estimates, this figure was around 86.9 per cent in Wales and 87.2 per cent in Northern Ireland.
The ONS said antibody positivity in 16- to 24-year-olds ‘is steadily increasing in all four UK countries’.
However, antibody levels in older adults have decreased or decreased slightly in recent months.
About 95 percent or more of people over 50 are still considered…