The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning the public that as many as 25 percent of those infected with the coronavirus may show no symptoms.
“This helps explain how rapidly this virus continues to spread across the country,” the director, Dr. Robert Redfield, said on Tuesday. He also added that the CDC's guidelines on wearing face masks, even if you're not feeling sick, is now being "critically re-reviewed."
The CDC says that the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, especially for those who are asymptomatic, is still to self isolate and practice social distancing.
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers as U.S. cases soar:
More than 206,000 have tested positive in the United States. That compares to more than 110,000 in Italy and just over 102,000 in Spain. US deaths now top 4,500 compared to more than 13,000 in Italy and over 9,000 in Spain.
China reports a little more than 82,000 with just over 3,300 deaths. However, US intelligence says the country has deliberately lied. Johns Hopkins University reports global cases now near the 1 million; more than 46,000 have died, and recoveries are approaching 200,000.
Get more details on the New York Times.