March 15, 2020
I personally think “50,000 to 500,000” this is way too conservative of an estimate.
I think the number of cases in the US is now in the millions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus, to be a pandemic on March 11.
The virus has killed thousands of people worldwide, with over 135,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths. Public reaction has been mixed — many people have been rushing to grocery stores to stock up for a potential quarantine, while others have called the responses to be an overreaction.
According to Dr. Marty Makary, a medical professor at Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus is something that “people need to take seriously.”
“I’m concerned when I hear a neighbor or a friend say that they’re planning to go to a kid’s swim meet in three weeks or going on vacation next week,” Makary said on Yahoo Finance’s “On the Move” (video above) on Friday. “No — we’re about to experience the worst public health epidemic since polio.”
In the U.S. there are over 1,600 confirmed cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with 41 deaths. Makary said that the number of cases, though, is likely much higher.
“Don’t believe the numbers when you see, even on our Johns Hopkins website, that 1,600 Americans have the virus,” he said. “No, that means 1,600 got the test, tested positive. There are probably 25 to 50 people who have the virus for every one person who is confirmed.”
He added: “I think we have between 50,000 and half a million cases right now walking around in the United States.”
Part of the reason the number of cases might be higher without people realizing it is because of the shortage of coronavirus testing kits from the CDC. Between Jan. 18 and March 12, there were 13,624 tests for COVID-19 conducted in the U.S. Meanwhile, South Korea has conducted over 100,000 tests, and the U.K. has tested nearly 25,000 people.
Yeah, no tests is “part of the reason” AKA “the entire reason.”
Donald Trump literally thought that if he just didn’t test anyone, that all of the deaths would be blamed on the flu, and then we could just, you know, pretend nothing even happened.
Clearly, that strategy has fallen through, but the tests are still not happening because now we have who knows how many cases. Effectively, the fact that there are no tests means that we’re all infected.