Researchers say the actual number of Americans infected with coronavirus is more than double the official case count as a viral outbreak has been reported among Capitol Police and National Guard personnel in Washington, DC.
According to a new model by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, approximately 17 per cent of the population in the United States has been infected with COVID-19.
That estimate is significantly higher than official government data which indicates that just 7 per cent of Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
According to a new model by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, approximately 17 per cent of the population in the United States - which amounts to more than 55 million people - has been infected with COVID-19Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The IHME estimates that by May 1 the cumulative death count in the United States will reach nearly 569,000 people
But the IHME also estimates that the daily death toll will drop due to the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine
IHME researchers say that the daily infection rate will also fall significantly by the springtime if current vaccine rollout projections hold
As of Sunday, nearly 25.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Of those, more than 418,000 have died.
If the IHME estimates are accurate, the actual number of Americans who have been infected with the coronavirus is more than 55 million.
The IHME model assumes that the current testing fails to detect all COVID-19 cases present in the population.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The latest data also indicates a drop in the number of daily reported cases. In the last week, there were 211,600 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 per day - a drop from 243,500 from the week before.
But the number of daily deaths in the last week has climbed - from 3,160 per day two weeks ago to 3,240 per day last week.
Meanwhile, the union representing Capitol Police officers says that at least 38 officers have tested positive for COVID-19 since the January 6 MAGA riot. Capitol Police officers are seen above at the Capitol on January 8
Troops are seen above outside the Capitol on Monday. Up to 200 National Guard members deployed to Washington DC have tested positive for COVID-19, sparking fears that the protection put in place after the Capitol riot led to a 'superspreader' event
National Guard troops sleep on the grass on the eastern front of the US Capitol Thursday
Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitors Center. Nearly 26,000 troops were sent to the Capitol from all 50 states following the January 6 insurrection
IHME researchers are predicting that the total death count in the US will reach 569,000 on May 1 - or about 151,000 more cumulative deaths from January 19 until May 1.
The model predicts that daily deaths will likely stay relatively stable at around 3,250 per day on average until early February.
Estimates als find that 42,800 lives will be saved by the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. A rapid rollout would save 52,400 lives that would otherwise be lost if there were no vaccine.
A rapid rollout targeting high-risk populations would result in the saving of 59,800 lives, according to IHME researchers.
Meanwhile, more than three dozen Capitol Police officers have tested positive for coronavirus since the January 6 MAGA riot.
A police union representative told CNN on Sunday that 38 officers have been infected with COVID-19, though it is unclear how many of them were on duty during the