An ongoing study has suggested that, by June this year, close to half of Australian adults have had COVID-19.
Researchers tested blood samples of 5,139 Australians for the presence of antibodies, which are most likely to be detected if the person has had COVID-19 in the past three to six months.
Senior research fellow Dorothy Machalek, of the Kirby Institute, says that the study gives people a better idea of just how great of an influx of cases there are in the community.
“These serosurveys provide a more complete picture of how much COVID-19 is out there because they measure antibodies to the virus … that remain present for many months afterwards,” she said.
With many Australians enjoying their newfound freedom since the pandemic restrictions were eased, COVID-19 case numbers have remained at a high level.
“The international borders opened in April, we’ve had a further loosening of restrictions and for many people it’s been back to business as usual with mask-wearing reducing until now,” Dr Machalek told the ABC.
Researchers of the study urged Australians to act responsibly.
“The best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 [is] to be up to date with vaccinations and boosters,” a Kirby Institute press release read.
COVID-19 infection was the highest among the 18-29 age group in the latest study results, as 61.7 per cent were found to have antibodies present in their bloodstream.
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