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Study: 86 Percent Infected with Coronavirus in Public Are Undetected
A study released on Monday from the journal Science shows that a shocking 86 percent of people in public settings could have “stealth” cases of the coronavirus, showing no symptoms but infecting others.
“It’s the undocumented infections which are driving the spread of the outbreak,” study co-author Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University Mailman School said, according to GeekWire.
The New York Post reported on the study:
Using computer modeling, researchers tracked infections before and after the Chinese city of Wuhan’s travel ban.
The findings indicated that these undocumented infections with no or mild symptoms – known as “stealth” cases – were behind two-thirds of the reported patients.
“The majority of these infections are mild, with few symptoms at all,” Shaman said, the Mercury News reported. “People may not recognize it. Or they think they have a cold.”
“It will continue to present a major challenge to the containment of this outbreak going forward,” Shaman said, and added that it underscores the importance of restrictions on movement to try to slow the spread of the virus.
According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine’s website, 196,106 have been confirmed to have the virus, 7,869 have died worldwide, and 80,840 have recovered as of the time of this writing. Read more…
Senate Will Vote on House Coronavirus Measure Wednesday
The Senate will vote Wednesday on a $104 billion coronavirus funding measure passed earlier by the House as lawmakers begin crafting a much larger stimulus package for small businesses and workers.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, announced the vote Wednesday morning and also established informal rules that would allow all 100 senators to vote while maintaining the recommended social distancing to avoid the threat of the coronavirus.
McConnell said he’ll hold votes open for a half hour and urged lawmakers to avoid group conversations in the chamber.
“We want to avoid congregating here in the well,” McConnell said. “I would encourage our colleagues to come and vote and depart the chamber so we don’t have gaggles of conversation on the floor.”
McConnell said the House bill would merely be an interim step – a much bigger stimulus measure is coming soon, he said.
“I will not adjourn the Senate until we have passed a far bolder package that must include significant relief for small businesses and others,” McConnell said.
Some Republicans object to the House package because they believe small businesses cannot financially support the unpaid sick leave provisions.
McConnell said he would vote for the House bill, suggesting his support is conditioned on the prospect of a much bigger package to help small businesses. Read more…
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