The true number of COVID-19 cases in the United States could be much higher than what current figures show with only one in seven infections believed to have been reported, estimates from the CDC show.
The latest CDC estimates show there was a possible 52 million COVID-19 infections in the US between February and September – with about 45 million of those cases being symptomatic.
The estimates, which are created using statistical models, show that only one in seven cases have been counted.
As of today, there have been 14.93 million positive tests reported nationwide. It means the total infection toll across the could be as high as 105 million.
The latest CDC estimates show there was a possible 52 million COVID-19 infections in the US between February and September. Of the estimated infections, those aged between 18-49 accounted for the largest percentage of cases and symptomatic cases at 56 percent. In terms of hospitalizations, those aged 65 and above accounted for the largest percentage at 43 percent
Only one in 2.5 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been counted, the estimates show.
Between February and September, the estimates indicate 2.4 million were hospitalized because of the virus.
The most recent data from the COVID Tracking Project shows there have been 600,000 hospitalizations nationwide since March 4.
Of the estimated total infections, those aged between 18-49 accounted for the largest percentage of cases and symptomatic cases at 56 percent.
The second highest age category was those aged between 50-64, accounting for 20 percent of total cases.
Those aged over 65 are estimated to account for 11 percent of infections.
In terms of hospitalizations, those aged 65 and above accounted for the largest percentage at 43 percent.
The 18-49 age category followed with 27.2 percent of total hospitalizations and then the 50-64 year category with 26.8 percent.
Children aged between 5 and 17 years accounted for 10.5 percent of infections but 1.8 percent of hospitalizations, the estimates show.
The CDC has been estimating unreported cases throughout the pandemic to help judge the severity of the virus in order to better predict the strain on hospitals and society.
Cases per day across the country are now eclipsing 200,000 on average. Deaths have soared to more than 2,200 a day on average, matching the peak reached at the height of the pandemic last April.
The number of COVID patients hospitalized across the country continues to surge to all-time highs with 106,688 currently being treated, which is up 18 percent over the previous two weeks.
Intensive care units at hundreds of hospitals across the country are at or near capacity, new data from the Department of Health and Human Services showed.
The grim tolls comes on the same day a panel of FDA advisers will meet to weigh whether to recommend the agency authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The surges in deaths, hospitalizations and cases has prompted pleas for Americans to scale back Christmas plans even with vaccines on the cusp of winning regulatory approval.
‘No Christmas parties. There is not a safe Christmas party in this country right now,’ Dr Michael Osterholm, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, told CNN.
‘It won’t end after that but that is the period right now where we could have a surge upon a surge upon a surge.’
Currently, the three worst affected states for deaths per capita are in the Midwest with South Dakota recording an average of 2.6 fatalities per 100,000 people in the last seven days, CDC data shows.
Iowa follows with 2.2 deaths per capita and then North Dakota 2.1 deaths.
In terms of infections per capita, Midwestern states were the hardest hit during the fall. Rhode Island, however, is now currently the worst affected state across the country with an average of 124 cases per 100,000 people in the last week.
North Dakota follows with 113 cases per 100,000, Indiana with 103 cases and then South Dakota with 99 cases.