A major new study has shown that COVID infections can be as much as three times higher in the U.S. than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, and that the number of people infected in the United States each day is far higher than the CDC’s estimates.
The study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that people in the states where COVID was first detected reported more than 1,400 new infections in the first nine months of 2017, up from the 1,200 reported the same time last year.
The authors of the study, from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Management, analyzed data from the Centers For Disease Control, which keeps track of the number and types of COV-19 cases reported each day.
The researchers looked at the most recent six-month period in which COVID cases were counted in the three states with the highest COVID prevalence, Ohio, Georgia and South Carolina.
In that period, more than 2,200 cases were reported, or almost 10 percent of all new cases reported in the country.
The majority of new cases were found in Ohio, which has the second-highest prevalence of COVR-19, followed by Georgia, with more than 40 percent.
The researchers also examined the rates of COVE-19 infections in each state.
Ohio has the highest prevalence of new COVE cases, followed closely by Georgia and North Carolina, but they are only 2.5 percent and 4.6 percent of new infections, respectively.
Georgia, the second highest state, had the highest rate of new deaths from COVE in 2017.
Overall, COVID has become more deadly in the last few years, with an estimated 4,200 deaths from the disease in the year ending March 31, according to the Centers in the past year.
The numbers are up slightly from the year before, when there were 3,300 deaths.
“There is a lot of variation across states, but what we see in Ohio is an extremely high number of new coronavirus cases,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in New York City, said in a statement.
“And that number is still well above the CDC [recommended] number.”
Osterholm noted that Ohio had a high number both in deaths and in cases, and added that the numbers have grown substantially since the beginning of 2017.
Osterhov said Ohio’s case rate has increased dramatically, and the state’s rate of COVER-19 deaths is up to 7,000 a day.
“It’s not just Ohio, and it’s not only Georgia and the South Carolina,” Osterhov added.
“We’re seeing all the other states that are also seeing an increase in cases.”
For the study’s authors, this trend of an increase is alarming.
“We are now seeing that the rate of growth of COVERS is accelerating in some of the states, and we’re seeing a substantial increase in the number or the frequency of cases,” Oosterholm said.
“And as we’re going through the year, we’re also seeing a significant increase in death rates.”
In the United Kingdom, where COVERS was first diagnosed in 2013, there were fewer than 10 new cases in 2017, compared to nearly 30,000 in 2016.
In the United Arab Emirates, where the virus first appeared in 2012, there are only about 50 new cases a day, compared with more, 800,000, according the World Health Organization.