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There May Be More Asymptomatic Cases Than Previously Thought

According to a slew of recent reports
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 20, 2020 4:04 AM CDT
Updated Apr 20, 2020 5:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fueling hope that it will turn out to be much less lethal than originally feared, the AP reports. While that’s clearly good news, it also means it’s impossible to know who around you may be contagious. That complicates decisions about returning to work, school, and normal life. In the last week, reports of silent infections have come from a homeless shelter in Boston, a US Navy aircraft carrier, pregnant women at a New York hospital, several European countries, and California. The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 25% of infected people might not have symptoms. The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. John Hyten, thinks it may be as high as 60% to 70% among military personnel.

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