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Originally, the Florida health department had a tally of 11,570 cases of COVID-19 in the Miami-Dade area, but according to a new study done by the University of Miami, that number actually skyrockets to 165,000, which makes up 6% of the population that had antibodies that showed a past infection of the coronavirus.
Out of the 11,570 cases originally reported, 302 would result in death, which makes the mortality rate of the virus in Miami-Dade at a level of 2.6%. However, with the cases skyrocketing to 165,000, it actually brings the death rate much lower to 0.1%, which is the same number as the seasonal flu.
The University of Miami would do these tests by getting resident volunteers to pinprick their blood, which they then screen to see if they've had a past infection of the coronavirus.
Out of all of the people tested, half of them would report no symptoms in the 14-17 days prior to receiving a test.
LOS ANGELES AND SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA ARE REPORTING THE SAME THING
As previously reported by The Powell Times, the University of Southern California (USC) and L.A. County Department of Public Health show that the reported cases in the county are much higher.
Officially, L.A. County is listed at 19,528 COVID-19 cases with 913 of them being deaths. Under those current numbers, that means that the death rate is at 4%. However, antibody tests show that the county's actual case number surges much higher, listed anywhere between 221,000-442,000.
If the 442,000 figure is accurate, that would shoot down L.A. County's mortality rate to 0.2%, while the 221,000 figure would be at 0.4%, which once again lines COVID-19 up with the seasonal flu.
Also in California, Santa Clara County would do the exact same antibody test. As their official reporting stands right now, they have 2,084 cases, and 100 of them are deaths. Percentage wise, that's a death rate of 4%.
However, the antibody study shows that the cases are actually anywhere between 48,000-81,000. For the 81,000 figure, the death rate figure gets dropped down to 0.1%, while the 48,000 figure is at 0.2%.
That's now three different studies done that has shown that COVID-19 has a death rate that falls right in line with the seasonal flu, which is 0.1%.
And then you had this from the University of Michigan: