According to a new study, coronovirus is increasing in slums in India.
Antibodies were found in the blood of 57 percent of the nearly 7,000 people surveyed in Mumbai’s crowded slums – the highest immune rate in the world, determined by local authorities and by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
This compared to the 21.2 percent immunity rate in the Big Apple in April and the 14 percent rate in Stockholm in May, Bloomberg News said.
“The slums of Mumbai can reach the resistance of the herd,” said Jayaprakash Muliyal, president of the Science Advisory Committee of the Indian Institute of Epidemiology. “If people in Mumbai want a safe place to avoid infection, they should probably go there.”
“Swarm immunity” works under the principle that the proliferation of COVID-19 is rapidly neutralized if it is allowed to move through populations – as opposed to socioemotional guidelines in most parts of the world.
Social disturbances are virtually impossible in Mumbai’s slums, which pack a population similar to San Francisco’s in an area the size of Central Park, and where it’s not uncommon for a family of eight to live in a 100-square-foot room.
Nevertheless, Shantytown has seen a drop in coronovirus cases in recent weeks, even as India has seen cases at one of the world’s fastest rates since April. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now 1.5 million confirmed cases of the deadly bug in the country, with more than 34,000 deaths.
Researchers believe that slums have smaller inhabitants than the general population.
“One interpretation is that he has done an excellent job,” said Muliyil. “The second is that the herd has reached immunity.”
“The virus does its job,” he said. “The virus does not worry about your quarantine and it is a lot more efficient than your attempts to contain it.”