The CDC updated modeling for mortality rates for the coronavirus yesterday and the new numbers indicate the virus could be less deadly than once predicted.
The CDC says that almost all age groups have better than a 99 percent chance to survive COVID, modeling data that has been updated repeatedly since the start of the pandemic in March.
As one might expect, the mortality rate estimate rises by age group with the 70+ age group having greater than a 94% chance at survival from COVID, per the modeling estimates.
One reason for the modeling numbers being so low are because the CDC says that so many COVID patients never experience symptoms.
The CDC says that upwards of 40 percent of patients are completely asymptomatic and never show COVID symptoms, and because of that, our total number of COVID cases in the country are likely far higher than we realize because most asymptomatic people will not seek testing.
Antibody studies of random population samples have shown in several major U.S. cities that people had COVID antibodies in their blood without knowingly having coronavirus.
The CDC also updated other figures this week to help educate Americans about COVID-19.
They say that 6 days is the average time from when people come in contact with COVID and when they experience their first symptoms, but some patients could experience symptoms as early as 2-3 days post-contact.
The CDC also says that being admitted to a hospital for COVID issues is something that most patients recover from.
Patients ages 18-49 recover from COVID hospitalizations in 97.6% of hospitalizations. Patients ages 50-64 who get hospitalized recover 90.0% of the time and patients 65 and older who require hospitalization recover 73.4% of the time.
The CDC says that while the numbers may be promising, COVID still has killed 200,000+ people in the United States, so caution should be used to limit exposure when you know you're infected. They also advise people to follow guidelines regarding hand washing and all of the other protocols that have been in place since the beginning of COVID.