The record surge in coronavirus cases across the US is likely far worse, with an estimated eight infections unreported for every one infection counted, according to a government report — which would put the true tally closer to 100 million.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated that by the end of September there had really been as many as 53 million Americans contract the deadly bug — just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time.
Of those, the CDC believes about 45 million were sick at some point and about 2.4 million were hospitalized.
The true tally is likely now far higher, with November continually breaking case records across the US — with now 12,778,256 cases officially reported, according to Johns Hopkins University data Thursday morning.
If the CDC is correct about the number of missed cases, that would put the true number of infections in the US now closer to 100 million.
As well as record numbers of infections, the US is also seeing more people hospitalized by the contagion than ever before — as well as record numbers of deaths in at least nine states.
“It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,” former White House medical team adviser Dr. Jonathan Reiner told CNN of the holiday.