We all know that according to official statistics, the United States is devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic: since November 4, the country is reporting over 100,000 daily cases of infection. Furthermore, official data is revealing that more than 270,000 people died in the United States because of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The two American companies Pfizer and Moderna are working on vaccines for COVID-19, and it should be only a matter of time until they’ll both be fully approved by the authorities. The vaccines already performed close to excellent during the trials. But even so, things aren’t so simple for several reasons. First, because not everyone wants to be vaccinated. Second, because the pandemic is even worse in the United States than it’s being reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
COVID-19 infections are 8 times higher than reported
The CDC comes with this wild claim regarding the pandemic from the US. And if we take a look at their arguments, the claim doesn’t seem so wild after all: asymptomatic and mildly sick people who never got tested, false test results, and incomplete reporting of cases have all contributed to much fewer cases of infections reported than there were in reality.
The new study of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was made over the period between February 27 and September 30. While ‘only’ 6.8 million cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were reported for this period, the real number claimed by the CDC should be 52.9 million.
Over 103 million infections in the US?
If we take into account all the unreported cases the CDC researchers estimated, the real number of infections with the pandemic virus in the US as of November 27 would stand at about 103 million. That means almost a third of the country’s population.
Dr. William Schaffner, who is an infectious diseases professor from Vanderbilt University, declared for CNN:
In a week, more likely two weeks, we will see a surge upon a surge,
We’re in for a tough time.
He also added:
If we all got together, wore the masks and did the social distancing, we could bend this curve within two or three weeks,
We would actually see transmission go down even before we get to the vaccines.
The researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also believe that most of the United States’ citizens remain at risk of catching COVID-19.
The study paper was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.