Mil­li­ons of pe­o­p­le may ha­ve had co­ro­na­vi­rus in the past wit­hout kno­wing it, CDC says

Times of Suriname - - KINDERPAGI­NA -

USA ­ With in­fec­ti­on num­bers ri­sing in more than 30 sta­tes, the US set a dai­ly re­cord for new co­ro­na­vi­rus ca­ses. And fe­de­ral he­alth of­fi­ci­als war­ned that the num­ber of pe­o­p­le who’ve been in­fec­ted is vast­ly un­der­coun­ted.

Al­most 40,000 co­ro­na­vi­rus ca­ses we­re re­por­ted Thurs­day, sur­pas­sing a pre­vious one­day high on April 24, ac­cor­ding to Jo­hns Hopkins Uni­ver­si­ty. Over­night, Ari­zo­na and New Mexi­co joi­ned Texas and se­ve­r­al other sta­tes in pau­sing their re­ope­ning plans. Texas re­por­ted an all­ti­me high in new ca­ses, and Hous­ton fa­ces a di­re cri­ti­cal ca­re shor­ta­ge. The de­vel­op­ments mark a “heart­brea­king si­tu­a­ti­on” that de­mands stric­ter ac­ti­ons im­me­di­a­te­ly, said Dr. Peter Ho­tez of Bay­lor Col­le­ge of Me­di­ci­ne in Hous­ton.

“We ha­ve to sa­ve li­ves at this point,” he told CNN on Friday mor­ning. Aus­tin May­or Ste­ve Ad­ler said CO­VID­19 beds will be at ca­pa­ci­ty in the midd­le of Ju­ly at this ra­te. “Pau­sing will not ma­ke things bet­ter,” Ad­ler told CNN on Friday. “We need to do so­me­thing that’s dif­fe­rent than that. The sta­tus quo will not pro­tect us.” The sud­den spi­ke in con­fir­med ca­ses in re­cent days is no sur­pri­se, ano­ther he­alth ex­pert said. “Eve­ry epi­de­mi­o­lo­gist was tel­ling, screa­ming as loud as we could, that three weeks af­ter Me­mo­ri­al Day, we’d ha­ve a peak in the ca­ses, and fi­ve weeks af­ter Me­mo­ri­al Day we’d be­gin to see a peak in hos­pi­ta­li­za­ti­ons and de­a­ths,” epi­de­mi­o­lo­gist Lar­ry Bril­li­ant told CNN on Thurs­day night. “If you let eve­ry­bo­dy out wit­hout fa­ce mas­ks and wit­hout so­ci­al dis­tan­cing in the midd­le of a pan­de­mic, this is what was pre­dic­ted.” And whi­le more than 2.4 mil­li­on ca­ses ha­ve been dia­gno­sed na­ti­on­wi­de sin­ce the pan­de­mic star­ted, the num­ber of pe­o­p­le who ha­ve been in­fec­ted is li­ke­ly to be 10 ti­mes as high. An­ti­bo­dy tests show more than 20 mil­li­on pe­o­p­le ha­ve been in­fec­ted with co­ro­na­vi­rus, most of them wit­hout kno­wing it, said Dr. Ro­bert Red­field, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ters for Di­sea­se Con­trol and Pre­ven­ti­on.

An­ti­bo­dy tests exa­mi­ne a per­son’s blood for signs that the im­mu­ne sy­s­tem res­pon­ded to an in­fec­ti­on. Fe­de­ral of­fi­ci­als ha­ve been con­ducting such tests na­ti­on­wi­de to de­ter­mi­ne how ma­ny pe­o­p­le had past un­di­a­gno­sed in­fec­ti­ons.

“A good rough esti­ma­te now is 10 to 1,” Red­field said. Bet­ween 5% and 8% of Ame­ri­cans ha­ve been in­fec­ted with the co­ro­na­vi­rus, with the num­bers va­rying by re­gi­on. New York, on­ce the epi­cen­ter of the pan­de­mic, will ha­ve a hig­her per­cen­ta­ge of pe­o­p­le with past in­fec­ti­ons than so­me sta­tes in the West, Red­field said. That means 90% or more ha­ve not been in­fec­ted and are sus­cep­ti­ble to the vi­rus, high­ligh­ting the need to act ag­gres­si­ve­ly to com­bat ri­sing in­fec­ti­on ra­tes, he said.

(CNN)

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