Antibody test results from New York City paint a dramatically different picture of COVID-19 than what the experts who forced the country closed have been claiming.
The results of the test estimate that one in five New Yorkers have had the Chinese virus, significantly dropping the reported fatality rate of the virus. This game-changing revelation means that potentially 2.7 million New Yorkers have been infected, many without even noticing it.
“More than 21% of the New York City residents given coronavirus antibody tests earlier this week tested positive,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday,
“Across the state, 13.9% of the individuals tested were positive for antibodies” Cuomo said.
“These are people who were infected and who developed the antibodies to fight the infection,” Cuomo said. “They had the virus, they developed the antibodies and they are now ‘recovered’.”
“These are people who were out and about shopping,” Cuomo said. “They were not people who were in their home, they are not people who are isolated, they are not people who are quarantined — who you could argue probably had a lower rate of infection because they wouldn’t come out of the house.”
Similarly, antibody testing in California found the same significantly lower than reported COVID-19 death rate.
“Highly anticipated antibody testing results out of Santa Clara County in California headed by a Stanford University professor were released on Friday, showing that the estimated number of positive novel coronavirus cases is likely 50-80 times higher than reported, thus significantly dropping the estimated fatality rate,” a report from last week reads.
“The population prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in Santa Clara County implies that the infection is much more widespread than indicated by the number of confirmed cases,” according to the researchers.
This means that the number of recovered cases ted across the nation is being significantly undercounted, pointing to an overstated fatality rate.
Antibody testing has been noted by leaders on the White House coronavirus task force as a tool in getting Americans back to work.
Vice President Mike Pence separately noted on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic could “largely” be “behind us” by Memorial Day Weekend.
“Am I going to be on my boat and fishing in early June, Mr. Vice President?” Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera asked Pence on his radio show.
“If you look at the trends today, I think by Memorial Day Weekend we will largely have this coronavirus epidemic behind us,” Pence said. “State and local officials will begin to reopen activities, you’re going to see states ahead here begin to do that.”
Some states are making quick moves to get businesses up and running as quickly as possible. On Friday, Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will reopen some businesses in the state, including gyms, barbershops and nail salons.
Other states such as Florida have already reopened parks and beaches. A number of states have announced phased re-openings beginning in early May, with others like Virginia and Illinois extending their stay-at-home order past the end of May.