Up to 90% of People Testing Positive for Covid-19 Are NOT Infectious

by Larry Emmott on September 1, 2020

in Corona Pandemic

From NYT: This is VERY GOOD News

Some of the nation’s leading public health experts are raising a new concern in the endless debate over coronavirus testing in the United States: The standard tests are diagnosing huge numbers of people who may be carrying relatively insignificant amounts of the virus. Most of these people are not likely to be contagious

Source: Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be. – The New York Times

The bottom line is that most, possibly as high as 90% of people testing positive for Covid have such a low viral count that they are not infectious.

Plus: 94% of the time, the coronavirus kills those who are either old, already dying of something else, or both. The average number of comorbidities is 2.6 for COVID-19 deaths in this country.

Of course for those who have lost a loved one this is little consolation. On the other hand healthy young people have little to fear. We (that is the nation and CDC) should update our protocols based on the actual results of the pandemic and not on the early models which predicted a far more deadly outbreak.

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