Based on the numbers reported at the time of this writing, there have been a total of 35 million people in the world who have contracted the coronavirus.
However, if you consult the World Health Organization, those numbers are actually higher...much higher.
The estimate, if correct, would amount to more than 760 million people based on the current global population of 7.6 billion. This amounts to 10% of the world population contracting the virus and also lowers the death rate for the virus as well.
That number greatly exceeds the current number of confirmed cases worldwide.
The number of global deaths is estimated to be just over 1 million, which would put the death rate at a dismal 0.13%.
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.
Last year, multiple friends of mine reported having some sort of flue that they couldn't get rid of. I really wonder if this was COVID, because this was back in November and December.
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