A new state study suggests population numbers Los Angeles Affected district Govt-19 is much higher than the number confirmed by standard testing during infections. LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said today that this is due to the number of people who have never developed symptoms and have never been tested or have access to tests.
Based on the results of antibody tests carried out on a control group, an extensive study of the entire population confirmed that between May and June last year, the number of adults infected with Govt-19 was actually three times higher. Test results. In children, the numbers were even more dramatic, with five times more children actually affected than confirmed by testing.
“During a study in late spring 2021, researchers estimated that 30% of LA county adults and 37% of children were affected,” Ferrer said of the Galscope study’s results.
During the same period, he said, only 10% of adults and less than 10% of children in the district were infected.
These blatant differences are said to be due to flaws in the test system. He noted that many people infected with the virus have never been tested because they have never been sick or developed any symptoms. Access to the test is sometimes limited, preventing people from confirming their infections.
Ferrer added that the current widespread availability of homework also affects the number of official cases, as individuals testing at home are not required to report their results to the district.
The study data “will serve as an indication that a large number of infections have not been reported in LA County,” Ferrer said. “It’s important to understand this because it gives a sense of the true purpose and impact of the epidemic.”
His comments came when he saw the district seeing a steady increase in infection rates triggered by the viral infection BA.2 subtype. Based on the most recent genetic testing on Govt case samples in the district, it is believed that there is a 67% subtype of all infections locally. It was 47% a week ago and 32% the week before.
The meaning of the numbers BA.2 has now been confirmed as the dominant strain of the virus that spreads locally.
Ferrer said there were an average of 1,000 new cases a day last week, up from 878 the previous week.
But despite the steady rise in case rates, the number of hospital admissions or deaths is still not seen in the district – a fact Ferrer says increased vaccination rates or other levels of immunity prevent people from becoming seriously ill with infections.
He continued to warn that a goiter infection could have even more serious consequences, including death. But he said when he saw an increase in district cases, it did not see “rapid growth.”
“Every day we see steady, small increases of between 2% – 3%,” he said. “If at some point it does not level up it will become very worrying and our hope is that it will level up. Our hope is that people really know that we have the most contagious sub variant in circulation. Be more careful. Wear that mask on these high risk systems. When you can. Go and get tested. Be careful not to try to avoid re-infection or new infection. “
The district reported 1,214 new infections on Thursday, confirming a total of 2,849,185 since the outbreak began. A further 12 deaths have been reported, bringing the total death toll to 31,839.
The average daily rate of people tested positive for the virus was 1.7% as of Thursday, higher than last week’s, but still lower overall.
As of Thursday, county hospitals had 239 cov-positive patients, up from 256 on Wednesday, according to state figures. Of those patients, 32 are being treated in intensive care, up from 35 the day before.
The city news service contributed to this report.
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