- The Facts:USC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently released early results from an ongoing study they are conducting on COVID-19. They determined the infection rate in LA is far higher than previously thought.
- Reflect On:Are we being told everything when it comes to COVID-19? There are more thought provoking articles on the topic linked at the end of this article.
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The University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently released early results from an ongoing study they are conducting on COVID-19. The early results of their study “suggests infections from the new coronavirus are far more widespread and the fatality rate much lower – in L.A. County than previously thought.” The researchers will be conducting more antibody testing over time “on a series of representative samples of adults to determine the scope and spread of the pandemic across the county.” (source)
Based on their results the researchers estimate that approximately 4.1% of LA county’s adult population has an antibody to the virus. From here, they estimate that approximately 2.8% to 5.6% of the county’s adult population has an antibody to the virus, which means that up to approximately 442,000 adults in the county have been infected. This means that the number of those infected is potentially up to 55 times higher than the current approximate 8000 cases that have been reported to the county at the time of the study.