CDC broadens guidance on Americans facing risk of severe Covid-19

CDC broadens guidance on Americans facing risk of severe Covid-19

That's according to the chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who said on Thursday that the actual number of Covid-19 cases could be roughly 10 times higher than the number of reported cases, which now stands at 2.3 million.

"Understanding who is most at risk for severe illness helps people make the best decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities", CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in an agency news release.

"We probably recognized about 10 percent of the outbreak by the methods that we use to diagnosis between March, April, and May".

The older you are, the greater your risk of suffering a severe case of COVID-19, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In total, the United States has confirmed more than 2.4 million cases of Covid-19, the diseased caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the university. Although the overall mortality rate for those 1.3 million cases was 5.4%, it was 1% or lower for Americans under 50.

The country is seeing a fresh surge of cases, particularly in the West and South, where hospitals are swelling with new cases and state governments are struggling to respond.

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Premier Daniel Andrews announced plans to carry out a "testing blitz" in 10 COVID-19 hotspot suburbs across Melbourne to bring the deadly virus under control.

Florida hit a new record for daily new cases as well on Wednesday by reporting over 5,500 new cases - surpassing its previous record set over the weekend.

However, Dr Redfield suggests this increase in number might actually be a reflection of more extensive testing and diagnosing.

"If we fail to address racial and ethnic groups as at high risk for prioritization, whatever comes out of our group will be looked at very suspiciously and with a lot of reservation", said Dr. Jose Romero, chair of the expert panel. "In the past, we didn't aggressively pursue diagnostics in young asymptomatic individuals". While top federal officials, including President Donald Trump, have maintained that the increase in cases can be attributed to an increase in testing, other concerning statistics, like hospitalizations linked to the virus, are also on the rise. "The Fake News doesn't like telling you that!"

They sought to publicize the information before Independence Day weekend, when many people may be tempted to go out and socialize.

"The most powerful tool that we have is social distancing", Redfield said.

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