A new study by South Korean researchers has found that about 30 percent of people infected with coronavirus never develop symptoms but carry the virus in high amounts likely spreading infection; plus, latest COVID-19 news.
People who are infected and people who are asymptomatic carry similar levels of COVID-19 in their nose, throat and lungs and for almost as long, a new study from South Korea has found.
One of the most eye-opening findings of the new research is that seemingly healthy people can spread it to others, the New York Times reports. The take away from these new findings is that not only does this evidence show that it will be difficult to contain the virus, but efforts to identify and isolate infected people will present a significant challenge.
The study was published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Thursday by a team of researchers and South Korea led by Seungjae Lee at Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Science Alert reports.
In the study, most of the evidence for asymptomatic spread was based on observation or elimination. Observation found that a person without symptoms still sickened others. Elimination found that people who became ill with coronavirus could not be connected to anyone with symptoms.
For some time now, many medical experts have warned that we may never find a viable vaccine or cure for COVID-19. Now, the World Health Organization (NWO) warned earlier this week that there may never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19 and it may be a long road until normality returns.
“The message to people and governments is clear: ‘Do it all’,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a virtual news briefing from the U.N. body’s headquarters in Geneva, Newsmax reported.
“A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment – and there might never be.”
Ghebreyesus added that face masks should become a symbol of solidarity round the world.
A grim prediction by researchers is forecasting the death toll in the United States to reach nearly 300,000 by the end of the year, Daily Mail reports. The research comes from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics which forecast a staggering death rate by December 1, 2020.
However, the research also found a silver lining. Researchers estimate that if 95 percent of Americans began wearing masks starting today whenever they leave their homes, at least 70,000 additional lives could be saved, reducing the death toll by the end of the year to 230,000.
As of early Friday, August 4, the total death toll for the United States was at 162,875 with 5,038,269 total confirmed COVID-19 cases.
At the current pace of coronavirus deaths in the United States, a new calculus for COVID-19 has emerged.
Over the last seven days, 7486 Americans died. Running the numbers from the past week, a tally by NBC News formulated that one American is dying from COVID-19 every 80 seconds. According to the analysis by NBC, a total of 26,198 deaths occurred in July, which works out to one every 102 seconds for last month.