‘We’re playing with fire’: US COVID cases may be 30 times higher than reported

We’ve known for some time now that COVID cases were largely being missed due to under-reporting of at-home tests, but a new study shows that number may be much bigger than we thought.

“The United States is now in its fourth-biggest Covid surge, according to official case counts – but experts believe the actual current rate is much higher.

America is averaging about 94,000 new cases every day, and hospitalizations have been ticking upward since April, though they remain much lower than previous peaks.

But COVID cases could be undercounted by a factor of 30, an early survey of the surge in New York City indicates. “It would appear official case counts are under-estimating the true burden of infection by about 30-fold, which is a huge surprise,” said Denis Nash, an author of the study and a distinguished professor of epidemiology at the City University of New York School of Public Health.”

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