Donald Trump got one piece of coronavirus news that left him grinning from ear to ear

Americans are wondering when the coronavirus lockdowns will end and life can begin to return to normal.

Health experts continually paint doom and gloom scenarios about how “the virus sets the timeline.”

But Donald Trump got one piece of coronavirus news that left him grinning from ear to ear.

One question no one has been able to answer is how widespread the coronavirus actually is in America.

Some estimates say America is only detecting one out of every ten cases.

To answer this question the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the University of Southern California (USC) performed serology tests to discover how many residents actually had antibodies indicating they were infected in the past.

At the time of the study Los Angeles county had only reported just under 8,000 cases.

USC and the LA County Department of Health found that number could have been undercounted by as much as 50 times meaning there were really over 400,000 infections.

CNBC reports:

USC and the health department released preliminary study results that found that roughly 4.1% of the county’s adult population has antibodies to the coronavirus, estimating that between 221,000 adults to 442,000 adults in the county have had the infection.

This new estimate is 28 to 55 times higher than the 7,994 confirmed cases of Covid-19 [coronavirus illness] reported to the county in early April. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the county has now surpassed 600, according to the Department of Public Health. The data, if correct, would mean that the county’s fatality rate is lower than originally thought.

If these results are accurate – and there is much debate over the accuracy of the antibody tests – that could mean the virus is far less lethal than first thought.

It would also indicate that Los Angeles County is closer to herd immunity – meaning so many people have already been infected that the chances of an infected person running into an uninfected person are very low.

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