Newest Data from the WHO Reflect Shockingly Different Numbers Than CDC
As of the most recent numbers at the time of this writing, the CDC has reported that over 35 million people have contracted the coronavirus.
However, the World Health Organization is suggesting that number may be much higher.
The estimate, if correct, would amount to more than 760 million people based on the current global population of 7.6 billion. That figure greatly exceeds the current number of confirmed cases worldwide — which is projected by the WHO and Johns Hopkins University to be approximately 35.3 million.
The number of global deaths is estimated to be just over 1 million.
The AP reported that Ryan did not elaborate on the estimate, but that a spokesperson for the agency, Dr. Margaret Harris, noted the estimate was based on an average of antibody studies conducted around the world.
On one hand, the estimate paints a dark picture of a much more infectious disease and the possibility that there are a great multitude of asymptomatic carriers. But on the other hand, if the figure is accurate, then perhaps the virus is far less deadly than is presently believed.
It may also indicate an unsurprising lack of accurate reporting from several countries. For example, in China, where the global pandemic started late last year, only slightly over 90,000 confirmed cases have been reported.
Something that brought I was talking about with a friend just a few days ago was something that I had completely forgotten about. Back in early January of this year, there were people in my home town mysteriously dying from what the doctors were saying was a “new flu strain”. I really wonder if that was COVID-19 back in January
I really wonder how long this virus has truly been in the U.S. and that if a lot more people have had it as the WHO is suggesting.
I’ve known multiple people who said that they had a flu that they just couldn’t kick around November and December of last year.