More Than 3 Million People Believed Contagious With COVID-19

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By Lynn Allison    |   Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:34 AM

A Columbia University epidemiologist and his colleagues estimate that 3.6 million Americans are infected with the coronavirus, which they are shedding to others. Dr. Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health sciences at the university, created a COVID-19 projection model that shows a 34% week-to-week increase but does not include a potentially equal number of latent infections that are still incubating.

“It’s bad; it’s really, really bad,” Shaman said, according to The Washington Post. “We’re running into Thanksgiving now and that’s going to make it worse.”

Researchers at the University of Washington also estimated Tuesday that 3.2 million people have been infected since Election Day, Nov. 3, according to their Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, or IHME. These figures, according to the Post, are much higher than official case counts.



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