U.S. CDC Estimates That Close To About 140 Million Americans Have Already Been Exposed To The SARS-CoV-2 Virus, Out Of A Population Of 334 Million!
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: First in mid-February this year, the US.CDC suddenly came up and revealed that there were more than 1 million excess deaths due to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. That revelation indicated that almost more than 2 million Americans have died from COVID-19 so far! https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/us-cdc-says-more-than-a-million-excess-deaths-attributable-to-sars-cov-2-infection,-implying-more-than-2-million-americans-have-died-from-covid-19-so-
Now based on a new study, the U.S. CDC has openly declared that more than 140 million Americans have already been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
This new number is far higher than the 74.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide as of Jan. 31.
These new findings are from the CDC's national antibody seroprevalence survey of blood tests for antibodies to the coronavirus triggered by infection, not by vaccination. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#national-lab
The U.S. CDC said that as of late January, about 43% of the U.S. population had been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This includes nearly 60% of children up to age 18, almost half of people ages 18-49, 37% of those ages 50-64, and 23% of those 65 and older, according to the data from the CDC study.
It was reported that at least half of the population in 14 states has been infected, blood tests showed, from 56 percent in Wisconsin to half in Georgia. The other states with a majority infection rate, in descending order, are Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Wyoming, Texas, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee and Louisiana. New York is just under that level, at 49 percent.
It was also said that the lowest infection rate is in Vermont, with 18 percent. The next-lowest states in ascending order are Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, Washington, New Hampshire, Virginia and Massachusetts, which tops the lowest states with 37 percent.
According to U.S. Medical News
media, the state of Nevada was not included in the study, and there was insufficient data for North Dakota, Arizona and Utah.
Dr Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told media, "I think this reflects more exposure than immunity. I think what people should take from that is about half the country's been infected with COVID-19, which is pretty extraordinary itself."
Experts say that the difference between the seroprevalence rate and the confirmed number of cases may be due to a large number of asymptomatic or mild cases of COVID-19 that are not spotted through testing.
Furthermore, many Americans have started relying on at-home tests, and those results generally aren't included in CDC databases.
Although the CDC seroprevalence data can reveal the number of individuals with antibodies, the presence of antibodi
es does not guarantee protection from reinfection and the data do not show people's levels of antibodies.
The new data goes through late January, when the omicron variant of the coronavirus was causing more than 500,000 cases a day, meaning the number of Americans now infected is considerably higher. The data comes from 72,000 blood samples taken in January.
The Omicron variant which is highly infectious has caused case counts to skyrocket. As of late November, just before the omicron variant began spreading in the United States, the blood test study estimated that 103 million people had been infected. By that measure, 37 million new people caught the virus over two months ending in late January.
Dr Keri Althoff, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, told media, "What the data doesn't tell us is: Are those antibodies high enough to actually protect against infection if the virus would come that person's way again?"
Dr William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told media, "The COVID infections themselves have created a lot of immunity. How durable, how strong, what the duration of that immunity is, remains to be determined. What these data are designed to give us a sense of is: What's the magnitude of the issue? It's a little like looking at some mountains across a big plain. You can see where the mountains rise, where they peak and where they fall. You don't have to count every tree to get the big picture."
It was claimed initially that tests for seroprevalence that included both natural infection and vaccination could show whether the United States was reaching a level of herd immunity to control spread of the disease.
However, the U.S. CDC has found that protection from infection or vaccination is strongest for about less than six months, after which the risk of infection grows again.
The delta and omicron variants, spaced about six months apart both infected individuals who previously had the virus.
CDC spokeswoman, Kristen Nordlund said, “Just before the omicron variant, a seroprevalence study that included both vaccination and natural infection found antibodies in more than 90 percent of adults, but that did not prevent omicron’s enormous infection rates, hospitalization and death.”
It will be interesting to see what happens when the new BA.2 variant surge really takes over in the United States. It is already said that despite manipulated studies saying otherwise, infections with the Omicron BA.1 or BA.1.1 variants does not offer protection from the BA.2 variant. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/study-confirms-previous-omicron-ba-1-infection-offers-no-protection-against-ba-2-variant-those-saying-omicron-is-like-a-vaccine-are-spreading-fake-new
It is predicted that the United States will face a newer sub-lineage of the BA.2 variant which seems to be spawning lots of newer sub-variants. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/warning-stop-making-premature-statements-that-omicron-ba-2-variant-is-not-a-threat,-ba-2-is-evolving-fast-and-spawning-lots-of-new-virulent-sub-lineag
However what is more concerning from the new data about more than 140 million Americans having been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus is the fact that the burden from Long COVID and other long term medical conditions arising such an cancers and neurodegenerative disease as a result of the viral infection is going to be a phenomenal strain on the public healthcare infrastructure in the United States and are the authorities prepared for it.
Have the American public been properly communicated about issues of viral persistence, about long COVID and also the fatal outcomes that can arise after being exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus? https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/yet-another-study-confirms-viral-persistence-in-so-called-covid-19-recovered-patients-this-time-in-breast-and-appendix-tissues-of-two-patients-with-lo
The United States is really in for a catastrophic health crisis in coming months and years.
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