The number of people who have had Covid19 is much greater than the official case count, according to data and a new analysis released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday. Depending on the region, the number of people infected was sometimes six to 24 times the number of reported cases, the CDC team said. “For most sites, it is likely that greater than 10 times more … infections occurred than the number of reported Covid19 cases,” the team concluded. These numbers are likely conservative, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The data used in the analysis was published on the CDC website. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said earlier this month that testing had likely missed 90% or so of cases. The country remains far from a level that would give the population herd immunity. Meanwhile, record-breaking numbers of people are testing positive for coronavirus across the US and the surge in cases is slowing the time it takes to get test results. Labs across the country are now facing what seems like an almost “infinite” demand, one expert says.
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