A study conducted at Stanford University, California, has concluded that the number of people infected with covid-19 may be up to 85 times higher than official numbers suggest.
The study looked at samples from more than 3,000 people in the Santa Clara area and discovered that the rate of infection was between 50 and 85 times higher than the official figures.
This is the first large-scale study of its kind and was conducted using the finger prick test to identify antibodies that showed whether a person had already contracted and recovered from the virus.
The Santa Clara region has officially recorded 1,094 cases of coronavirus. However, based on the study results, it is likely that between 48,000 and 81,000 people had been infected in the area.
This study could alter how we view the virus and the idea of “herd immunity”. For instance, the current death rate in the United States is 4.1 percent. However, the figures generated from the Stanford study show a death rate of just 0.12 to 0.02 percent.
The results tally with many people’s view that the official figures for coronavirus are inaccurate as there is not enough testing being carried out globally.
Other large-scale studies are currently underway with the National Institute of Health testing 10,000 people and UC Berkeley testing 5,000 healthy volunteers to see if they have or ever had covid-19.
Source: The Guardian