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CDC alerts eight COVID-19 infections are missed for each case counted

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According to the New York Post, a report on missed COVID-19 cases, as cited by the CDC, projects the total number of cases in the U.S is closer to 100 million, a metric eight times of that of the current totals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned that for every case that is being reported, there are nearly eight infections still being unreported or overlooked, according to a government report. The report indicates that the upsurge in the COVID-19 cases across the U.S might be more severe than anticipated, though the fatality rate of a disease may be much lower than originally predicted under the pretenses of this new report.

The estimate on the number of missed-out cases referred by the CDC shows that the number of cases in the U.S is nearly 100 million. By the end of September, there had precisely been as many as 53 million Americans who contracted the virus, just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at that time. According to the CDC, of those 53 million cases, 45 million were sick at some point and 2.4 million were hospitalized.

While the U.S is currently leading worldwide, with the highest number of cases and deaths, the number of infections is still high in November, with 12,778,256 cases officially reported. According to the New York Post, nine states, which include North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oregon, Maine, and Alaska have reported a record number of deaths in past weeks.

The U.S has set a record number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the past month alone, with the death toll surpassing 262,000. Dr. Jonathan Reiner, former White House medical team advisor, cautioned that Thanksgiving travel and gatherings would lead to a surge in the number of infections. “It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events”, Reiner told CNN.

ARTICLE: LIDIYA SHILU

SCIENCE/HEALTH EDITOR: KYLE SMITH

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