New figures suggest that at least 6 out of 10 adults in the UK are likely to have coronavirus antibodies.
Estimates range from 59.2% of adults in Scotland to 69.3% in the United Kingdom, with 63.2% in Wales and 63.5% in Northern Ireland.
The presence of Covid-19 antibody means that someone has been infected or vaccinated in the past.
After infection or vaccination, it takes 2-3 weeks for the body to make enough antibodies to fight the virus.
Antibodies then remain in the blood at low levels, but these levels may decline over time and become undetectable by the test.
The latest estimates are from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and are based on a sample of blood test results for the week starting April 19.
These reflect the continued impact of vaccine deployment across the UK, especially the increasing number of people who have been vaccinated with both doses and are currently fully vaccinated.
According to government statistics, by April 19, 33,032,120 first doses of the vaccine (equivalent to 62.7% of adults) and 10,425,790 second doses (19.8% of adults) had been given.
ONS said there is a clear pattern between vaccination and positive testing for Covid-19 antibodies in all four countries, but antibody detection alone is an accurate measure of vaccination’s immune defense. Must not be.
Once infected or vaccinated, the length of time the antibody remains at detectable levels in the blood is not entirely known.
It is also not yet known how having a detectable antibody affects the likelihood of reacquiring the coronavirus at some point in the present or in the past.
ONS quotes are for people in individual households and do not include settings such as hospitals or long-term care facilities.
How are the data from the four countries compared?
England : The highest proportion of adults positive for Covid-19 antibody in the week starting April 19 is in the 80+ group (92.3%), 75-79 years (88.8%) and 70-74 years (70-74%). 88.8%) follows. 86.4%). The lowest percentage was 25-34 years (46.2%).
Wales : The highest proportion of adults who were more likely to test positive for antibodies was in the 80+ group (90.4%), followed by 75-79 years (87.0%).
Scotland : The highest percentage was over 80 years old (88.2%), followed by 65-69 years old (82.4%).
Northern Ireland: Due to the small sample size, ONS uses different age groups and estimates that 83.4% of people over the age of 70 are likely to be antibody-positive in the week starting April 19.
Six out of ten adults in the UK have Covid antibodies-this is a comparison of four home countries
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