As the United States now passes 4 million reported coronavirus cases, new data shows it could be much worse than we thought. The CDC is now saying the actual number of people infected with COVID-19 could be 6 to 24 times higher than the confirmed number of cases. Part of the reason is because about 40 percent of those infected are asymptomatic. So, while many are never tested, they’re still infecting others. Meanwhile, testing labs are overwhelmed, sometimes taking up to two weeks to send results to confirmed patients. In an effort to get ahead of the virus, contact tracers like Sivnathy Vasanthan are working around the clock to tell people when they’ve been exposed.

 

 

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