CDC Chief: U.S. coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than reported

Added On June 27, 2020

The number of the coronavirus infections in the United States is likely to be 10 times as high as the 2.4 million confirmed cases. That's according to the chief of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on antibody tests,CDC Director Robert Redfield on Thursday said he estimated at least 24 million Americans have been infected so far. The antibody tests examine a person's blood for indicators that the immune system has mounted a response to an infection. Redfield said he believes 5 to 8 percent of the population has been exposed so far. He said, the significant majority of the American public, probably greater than 90 percent of the American public, remains susceptible to a coronavirus infection. According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, more than 2.4 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States with the deaths surpassing 124,000 as of Thursday night. Case counts continued to surge to record levels in many states, including Texas, Alabama, Missouri and Nevada. The elevated numbers are a result of worsening conditions across much of the country, as well as increased testing.