High amounts of COVID-19 antibodies found among Washington children

Dec 16, 2022, 7:52 AM | Updated: 9:29 am


Enable Biosciences lab assistant Zaochi Tran prepares specimen samples before testing them for the COVID-19 antibody levels on Nov. 5, 2021, in South San Francisco, Calif. Enable Biosciences is designing a new and improved COVID-19 antibody detection test. (Photo by Dai Sugano/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

(Photo by Dai Sugano/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

New data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that at least 83% of kids in Washington state have survived a bout of COVID-19.

They know that because they collected data on the number of children and teens with antibodies for COVID-19 already in their bodies.

Could we see a mask mandate as flu, RSV, COVID circulate?

The agency extrapolated the data from samples taken from 26,286 children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years.

They were looking for something known as “seroprevalence.” That’s defined as the percentage of people with antibodies against a virus in their blood. The data only measures antibodies from an actual infection and not antibodies produced by vaccination.

The report says this survey “estimates the percentage of children and adolescents with detectable antibodies showing past infection with SARS-CoV-2, but not the total amount of antibody against SARS-CoV-2 in their blood.

And while the 83% figure in Washington is significant, the state’s estimate is lower than the nation as a whole – which measured close to 90%.

And, states surrounding Washington, all had higher percentages of the estimated number of children and teens who have lived through COVID-19 at least one time. The state bordering us with the highest rate is Idaho, at nearly 97% with antibodies.

The CDC says these antibodies would most likely not protect children from contracting one of the new COVID variants.

Local News

Image: The outside of Hard Rock Hotel is seen on April 14, 2023 in New York City....

Steve Coogan

Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe to permanently close Dec. 1

A spokesperson confirmed to KIRO 7 the company is open to having another location in Seattle if the right one can be found.

5 hours ago

unsafe sleep...

Heather Bosch

19 infants died in Snohomish County from 2020-22 due to unsafe sleep

Snohomish county's child death review team found that many were preventable as most died from either suffocation or accidental strangulation.

7 hours ago

san juan 32 hour...

L.B. Gilbert

San Juan County starts 32-hour workweek for government employees

San Juan County is making a move to a 32-hour work week for county employees as they struggle with employee recruitment and retention.

8 hours ago

foo fighters tour...

L.B. Gilbert

Foo Fighters to play first Seattle show since Taylor Hawkins’ death

The Foo Fighters have announced a date for their return to Seattle. This will be their first tour since the death of Taylor Hawkins.

9 hours ago


Ted Buehner

This is why your phone alarm will go off Wednesday morning

A nationwide broadcast of the National Emergency Alert Test will be conducted by FEMA and the Federal Communications Committee (FCC).

9 hours ago

car crashes apartment everett...

Jake Chapman, KIRO 7 News

At least 3 units displaced after car crashes into Everett apartment

McNabb says he knows the family that lives inside the apartment the car crashed into and claims to have heard the crash from his living room.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife...

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is a busy month on the sports calendar and also holds a very special designation: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Ziply Fiber...

Dan Miller

The truth about Gigs, Gs and other internet marketing jargon

If you’re confused by internet technologies and marketing jargon, you’re not alone. Here's how you can make an informed decision.

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

High amounts of COVID-19 antibodies found among Washington children