Boston officials released the results from coronavirus and antibody testing.
The tests were conducted in some of the most severely affected neighborhoods by the pandemic, including 750 asymptomatic people.
The study’s goals were to detect the impact of COVID-19 on the community and the speed of its spreading.
The samples from East Boston, Roslindale, and parts of Dorchester showed that 9.9 percent of the residents tested positive for antibodies, while 2.6 percent of the residents are positive to coronavirus.
The study concludes that every 1 in 10 people that participated in the testing has antibodies to the virus, and every 1 in 40 is positive for coronavirus.
Boston’s Mayor, Marty Walsh, said that the antibody rate is “lower than what we would have expected from earlier models of the virus’s spread.”
The study was conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Public Health Commission, and its results show that the early measurements of the authorities helped to lower the number of infected people.
However, the low number of the ones with antibodies is not promising any improvement in social life yet.
Experts warn that having antibodies is not a guarantee for long-lasting immunity, so there is still a lot of work to do.
According to Dr. Peter Slavin, president of MGH, 90 percent of Boston residents still haven’t been exposed to the virus.