The CDC’s New Takes on COVID-19

Friends take a selfie picture at a graduation parade for high school seniors. Aventura, Florida. May 14, 2020. Image: Joe Raedle/Getty
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Friends take a selfie picture at a graduation parade for high school seniors. Aventura, Florida. May 14, 2020. Image: Joe Raedle/Getty

35% of novel coronavirus infections are asymptomatic and 0.4% of people who show symptoms may die, according to the US CDC’s new "best estimates," CNN reports.

The estimates are part of 5 planning scenarios for infectious disease modelers in new CDC guidance

The CDC also estimates that 40% of transmission occurs before people feel sick, per CNN. 

The CDC has also recently revised its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website
 to emphasize that SARS-CoV-2 “spreads between people” and not easily from a contaminated surface, The Washington Post reports.  

The Quote: “Direct contact with people has the highest likelihood of getting infected—being close to an infected person, rather than accepting a newspaper or a FedEx guy dropping off a box,” said Vincent Munster, a virologist with the Rocky Mountain Laboratories.

In other COVID-19 research news: Doctors believe the rare inflammatory syndrome identified in children may also be affecting young adults, according to the Post.

A small number of similar illnesses has been reported among 20- to 25-year-olds in New York and California. While physicians treating young children have documented inflammation of the blood vessels (traditionally linked to Kawasaki disease), the heart and multiple organs seem to be affected more in young adults.

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