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State begins COVID-19 pediatric serology study

To get a better handle on how many Virginians have been exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies as a result, Gov. Ralph Northam announced earlier this month the state Department of Health will conduct a pediatric coronavirus disease serology study in Northern Virginia.

Interim results from Virginia’s ongoing adult serology study show an estimated 2.4 percent of adults statewide have antibodies to COVID-19. The new pediatric study, completed in collaboration with Inova Health System, will measure the proportion of children and teens with antibodies to COVID-19.

“The commonwealth’s low exposure rate among adults is a testament to Virginians’ sacrifice and dedication in battling this virus,” said Northam. “But, as a pediatrician, I know children are often impacted by disease in a different way than adults. These studies provide key insight into how COVID-19 spreads among different ages and demographics groups. With this information, we are one step closer to beating this ...

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