The death rate may be far, far lower than we’re being led to believe.
As mass coronavirus testing expands in prisons, large numbers of inmates are showing no symptoms. In four state prison systems — Arkansas, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia — 96% of 3,277 inmates who tested positive for the coronavirus were asymptomatic (meaning that they showed no symptoms) , according to interviews with officials and records reviewed by Reuters.
Reuters surveyed all 50 state prison systems. Of the 30 that responded, most are only testing inmates who show symptoms, suggesting they could be vastly undercounting the number infected by the coronavirus.
“Prison agencies are almost certainly vastly undercounting the number of COVID cases among incarcerated persons,” said Michele Deitch, a corrections specialist and senior lecturer at the University of Texas.
This means that the death rate may be far, far lower than we’re being led to believe.
Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link
“You read right,” says Stephen. “Everybody’s got it but it don’t show. It’s more on a par with a cold than influenza except for an unlucky few.”