The total numbers of COVID-19 infections may be six to 24 times greater than reported… and if so, the death rate for the novel coronavirus could be far lower than first feared.
Those are the findings from the U.S. CDC. The agency took a survey of blood samples in six areas across the country. That survey looked for coronavirus antibodies in blood samples from commercial laboratories.
CDC Director Robert Redfield said, “Our best estimate right now is that for every case that we’ve recorded, there actually were 10 other infections.”
Based on the official number of 2.3 million cases of the virus in the U.S., the CDC’s new estimate means more than 20 million Americans have been infected by the virus… many without knowing it.
That also means that the death rate is likely far lower than feared. Around 124,000 people are reported dead from the virus in America. If 20 million were exposed, however, that means the fatality rate is around 0.6%.
It also suggests that 99.4% of people survive COVID.