CDC Now Estimates More Than One Third Of COVID-19 Cases Are Asymptomatic


Newly released modeling from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic, meaning the person doesn't even realize he or she is infected. The federal health agency also estimates that 40% of coronavirus transmission is occurring before people feel sick.

Calling figures its "best estimate," the CDC says that 0.4% of those who show symptoms will die from the virus, with that number increasing to 1.3% if over the age of 65.

"The scenarios are intended to advance public health preparedness and planning. They are not predictions or estimates of the expected impact of COVID-19," the CDC said.

However, biologist Carl Bergstrom at the University of Washington disagrees with the results, telling CNN, "While most of these numbers are reasonable, the mortality rates shade far too low," pointing to the deaths in New York City.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced on Friday that coronavirus hospitalizations have reached their lowest point since the pandemic began. Death rates in New York are also trending down, with 109 reported on Thursday.

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