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

Grant Boone
June 27, 2020

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Our best estimate right now is that for every case that was reported, there actually were 10 other infections", Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, said during a call with reporters Thursday.

Texas, one of the fastest states to ease its shutdown, halted steps to reopen its economy on Thursday after a sharp rise in recent cases. An estimated 60 percent of American adults have at least one chronic medical condition.

"This virus causes so much asymptomatic infection", Redfield said. "So I think it's important for us to realize that we probably recognized about 10 percent of the outbreak by the methods that we use to diagnosis between the March, April and May".

The changes mean that more people are considered to be at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

Other conditions that might increase the risk that were added to the list include: asthma; high blood pressure; neurologic conditions such as dementia; cerebrovascular disease such as stroke; and pregnancy.

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The most notable of which was Valve's recent launch of the heavily-hyped VR title Half Life: Alyx on its own Steam VR store. The VR company also shared that SUPERHOT VR has sold more 2 million copies sold worldwide across multiple VR platforms.

The agency is also warning that being pregnant may increase a woman's risk of being hospitalized and having a severe bout of the illness, based on a study of more than 8,000 pregnant women in the United States who were diagnosed with Covid-19.

He reminded them that "a risk for you is not just isolated to you, because if you get infected. the chances are that you're going to infect someone else. and ultimately you will infect someone who's vulnerable".

In separate, the nation's health protection agency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday that the United States may have 10 times the number of COVID-19 infections as current data indicates. Similarly, the risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit was higher for those in their 60s (4.1%) and 70s (5.6%) than for those 80 and above (3.6%). In fact, an analysis in the MMWR published last week found that people with chronic conditions were 12 times more likely to die from the virus, compared with those who didn't have underlying conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appeared to quietly update its list of COVID-19 symptoms with three additional indicators that someone may have the virus. Lifestyle-related diseases including Type-2 diabetes and obesity are among the most common conditions in the U.S. These conditions can increase inflammation and tamp down the immune system.

Among those who become infected with the coronavirus, the risk of dying from COVID-19 increases sharply with age, the latest data show.

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