Asymptomatic Infections Driving the Pandemic

 People crowd the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. August 14, 2020. Image: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty
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People crowd the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. August 14, 2020. Image: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty

More than half of the spread of COVID-19 is caused by asymptomatic individuals, according to CDC modeling published yesterday in JAMAThe Washington Post reports.
 
“Those findings are now in bold, italics and underlined,” said co-author Jay Butler, CDC deputy director for infectious diseases.
 
More Bad News: US coronavirus deaths passed a record 4,000 deaths yesterday, and the more contagious UK variant had reached 8 states. While there’s no evidence the latest surge is caused by the B.1.1.7 variant—but that could signal an even more worrying wave is yet to come, the Post also reports.
 
L.A. Update: Things are particularly bad for Los Angeles County, where daily deaths have doubled and more hospitals are entering the “crisis care level,”
 
“Our tragedy continues until we get it together to change our actions,” said LA County public health chief Barbara Ferrer.

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