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A Stanford University blood sample study published this week put the COVID-19 mortality rate at 0.14% or less, meaning 14 deaths or fewer per 10,000 people infected Results were based on data from Santa Clara County in California – a small sample size – but if they hold up around the world, it means that millions were likely infected with the novel #coronavirus, but its lethality is about the same as that of the seasonal flu Researchers, who found Covid-19 antibodies in those who were never admitted to hospital as patients, suggested that the true number of cases exceeded official records by 50-85 times, with most suffering mild or no symptoms But with as much as 4 percent of Santa Clara County's population having already been infected at some point, according to the study, the epidemic could still produce a massive cumulative death toll if replicated throughout the globe
- If New Data Suggesting Covid-19 No More Lethal Than FLU is Correct, Should the World REVERSE Its Lockdown Strategy?
by Peter Andrews,https://www.rt.com/
With each passing day, we learn more about the coronavirus. And some studies suggest that the virus’s bark may be worse than its bite. Now that the initial panic is over, maybe it’s time to reappraise lockdown plans.
A recent Stanford University study found the Covid-19 infection rate is probably between 50 and 85 times higher than official figures had previously indicated. The study looked for antibodies in 3,330 people in Santa Clara County. Antibodies develop in the blood after someone has been infected with the coronavirus and cleared it. And a much greater proportion of Santa Clarans had them than official figures had at that point suggested.
If the findings — which have yet to be peer reviewed — are sound, then it takes yet another thick slice off the mortality rate of Covid-19. It would now be something under 0.14 percent, putting it on a par with, or even lower than, the seasonal flu. Hence the good news.
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Larger scale studies are underway, but research of this nature should not wash over the coronavirus discussion. It should immediately be brought to the attention of all top public health officials and epidemiologists advising governments on the best course of action. We may be due for a course correction.