Corona in Chattogram

89pc infected people develop antibody

Study says 26pc who tested negative also develop antibody

Staff Correspondent

10 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

CHATTOGRAM: A research revealed that around 89 percent Covid-19 positive and 26 percent negative people in Chattogram have developed antibody.    

The research was conducted on antibody levels of coronavirus patients and non-corona people with symptoms in the district, including the port city.

The study titled “Seroprevalence of SARS-2 Covid-19 Antibody in Chattogram: A Cross-sectional Study” was led by Dr Md Abdur Rab Masum, senior medicine specialist and the head of Covid-19 ward at Chattogram General Hospital (CGH).

Chattogram District Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Asif Khan, CGH Junior Consultant HM Hamidullah Mehedi, University of South Carolina, USA Research Associate MA Kabir Chowdhury, Assistant Surgeon Dr Omi Dev and Medical Officer Dr Mortahina Rashid took part in the study.

The result of the research was disclosed at a ceremony at CGH auditorium on Saturday. 

The researchers said this is the first study conducted in a district level hospital in the country. S Alam Group and Islami Bank Foundation gave financial assistance for the study.

The study was carried out on 1,530 people taking their Covid-19 test results randomly and interviewing them. Of them, 941 people tested positive for Covid-19 and 589 tested negative at RT-PCR Lab from October last year to April this year. Of them, around 75 percent participants were male and 70 percent jobholders.

According to the study, around 65 percent of the participants who were included for the study developed antibody.

Of them, around 89 percent of the participants who tested positive for Covid-19 and 26 percent of the corona negative people developed antibody against the virus.

Antibody was found in 834 people among the 941 corona positive people and in 153 people among 589 negative persons.