June 25, 2020
By: Staff Report
WASHINGTON D.C. – US Health officials said on a call with the media today, they estimate 20 million U.S. Citizens have had the COVID-19 virus.
This estimate is based on CDC studies of blood samples collected nationwide and many infections were not caught in early testing.
“It’s clear that many individuals in this nation are still susceptible,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on a media call Thursday. “Our best estimate right now is that for every case that was reported, there actually are 10 more infections.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that as many as 25% of infected people might be asymptomatic.
“There’s an enormous number of people that are still vulnerable,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “It still remains a potentially lethal disease. It’s a roll of the dice for everybody who gets the illness. Also, you’re rolling the dice for other people who you may give the virus to.”
The CDC also stated that forecasts suggest 13 states are likely to report more COVID-19 deaths in the next 4 weeks than the previous 4 weeks. Nationally, between 130,000 and 150,000 total deaths are expected by July 18.
As of June 22, forecasts suggest 13 states are likely to report more #COVID19 deaths in the next 4 weeks than the previous 4 weeks. Nationally, between 130,000 and 150,000 total deaths are expected by July 18: https://t.co/Ft6cgmaMPX pic.twitter.com/B5OWl1bPWk— CDC (@CDCgov) June 25, 2020
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