• True: More People Testing Positive for COVID-19 Can Be Good News — Here’s Why

    Surge Summary: It seems counter-intuitive to say more people turning out to have had Covid-19 is actually a piece of welcome news – but it is! More individuals diagnosed as having contracted the coronavirus – who survived – means the death rate is dramatically lower than previously believed. This of course generates all kinds of questions about the way the nation responded to the situation. Was it really necessary to shut down the country?

    by Gary Bauer

    Good News
    Did you hear the news?  Random testing in California reported a big spike in Covid-19 infections.  You may be troubled by that, but let me explain why it really is good news.
    The tests were conducted on more than 3,000 people in Santa Clara County. Researchers discovered that as many as 4% of those tested had Covid-19 antibodies.  That means that at some point in the past few months, they had the virus and recovered.
    Prior to the random testing there were 1,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Santa Clara County.  But Dr. Eran Bendavid of Stanford University says, “Our findings suggest that there is somewhere between 50 and 80-fold more infections in our county than what’s known by the number of cases reported by our department of public health.”
    In other words, between 50,000 and 80,000 people, not 1,000, may have already had Covid-19.  And the Santa Clara study is not an outlier.

    • Similar testing in Germany found the infection rate was as high as 15%.
    • About 16% of pregnant women in New York City tested positive in one random study.  Of those who tested positive, 88% had no symptoms.  They not only didn’t die, they brought healthy babies into the world.
    • Two antibody tests (here and here) have been conducted in Massachusetts. Both found Covid-19 infections to be far greater than the number of known confirmed cases.

    One local politician who heard the results said it was “really sobering news.” Wrong. This is great news, and it gets at the core of the growing debate taking place across the country.
    We were told by the experts that we had to shut down the entire economy because this was so much worse than the regular flu.  Some figures out of countries like Italy make it seem like that is true.  But all those mortality percentages are almost certainly wrong.
    If millions of additional people have had the virus and didn’t even get sick enough to go a doctor, then the number of people who have died is a much smaller percentage of the total number of people who have gotten sick.  Meanwhile, typical news programs are treating Covid survivors as if they have survived Ebola.
    When people say this is not the regular flu, they are right.  It could end up having a mortality rate lower than a bad flu season.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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