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Coronavirus may have infected 10 times more Americans than reported, CDC says

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Government experts believe more than 20 million Americans could have contracted the coronavirus, 10 times more than official  counts, indicating many people without symptoms have or have had the disease.The estimate, from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, is based on serology testing used to determine the presence of antibodies that show whether an individual has had the disease. CDC Director Dr Robert Redfield told reporters that right now is that for every case that was reported, there actually were 10 other infections. This was because testing was restricted to people with symptoms and asymptomatic carriers were not tested. The estimate was based on the number of known cases, between 2.3 million and 2.4 million, multiplied by the average rate of antibodies seen from the serology tests, about an average of 10 to 1. If true, the estimate would suggest the percentage of U.S. deaths from the disease is lower than thought. More than 120,000 Americans have died from the disease since the pandemic erupted earlier this year//Reuters

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