Ontario’s true COVID-19 caseload is four times higher than official tally, antibody study suggests. Why that’s ‘fantastic’ news
2020-08-02 from thestar.com
A very small fraction of Ontarians — roughly one per cent — have been infected by the novel coronavirus, according to new antibody blood-testing data from the province’s public health agency.
The findings suggest that the true number of people sickened by COVID-19 in Ontario is closer to 160,000, more than four times the official tally. While that might sound high, it actually means the province is doing a “fantastic” job at catching infections, one epidemiologist says — and a much better job than other jurisdictions. Recent U.S. research has estimated the true caseload there at six to 24 times higher.
The presence of antibodies to the virus was higher in certain age groups and some parts of the province, including Toronto, according to the Public Health Ontario study. But the overall low numbers attest to Ontario’s success in stifling the initial wave of the pandemic, the scientists say.
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