According to a recent series of antibody tests, the city of Los Angeles may be seeing a much higher rate of infections by the coronavirus than previously believed, according to Reuters.
The tests were carried out by the University of Southern California, with a test sample of 863 people. The results found an infection rate of 4.1 percent, but also showed that the mortality rate is significantly lower than previous estimates. Nevertheless, the results seem to indicate that the virus is far more contagious within the city, especially among those who show no symptoms.
USC professor of public policy Neeraj Sood said that “we haven’t known the true extent of COVID-19 infections in our community because we have only tested people with symptoms.” As a result, Sood says that “the estimates also suggest that we might have to recalibrate disease prediction models and rethink public health strategies.”
Los Angeles has currently seen around 600 deaths from the coronavirus out of over 12,300 total confirmed cases. There are currently just under 42,000 deaths in the entire country, out of almost 800,000 confirmed cases.