As the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus is spreading complicatedly, experts fear that the officially reported Covid-19 deaths in the United States may not reflect the scale. damage of the disease.
Follow CNN, this may be true because data on deaths in the United States can be delayed by an average of 1-2 weeks, according to the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In addition, according to the CDC, Covid-19 deaths “can be classified as a cause of pneumonia deaths because they have not been confirmed through the Covid-19 test.” CDC said analyzes to better understand and quantify the delay in reporting the number of deaths of Covid-19 and related causes are underway. In March, the CDC issued a new regulation to accurately count the number of people killed by Covid-19 on death certificates.
According to this regulation, the CDC noted that Covid-19 “should be recorded on the death certificate of those who died from an epidemic or were thought to have died in connection with Covid-19.”
According to Panagis Galiatsatos, a pulmonary and intensive care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine Hospital, when it comes to accurately reporting the number of Covid-19 deaths in the US, “we really only see the floating iceberg and much more to do with the existing testing system. ”
The most common method for testing the Covid-19 in the US is the use of nasal swabs – a procedure that can sometimes lead to false negatives. According to Galiatsatos, he thinks that blood testing is a more accurate method of detecting new strains of corona virus (SARS-CoV-2).
He said that diseases related to the spread of viruses such as HIV, hepatitis C or infection by the cytomegalo virus all use a blood test.
“A blood test is a more effective method to detect any viral protetin in the blood, as well as to examine the response of antibodies. I think we only see the tip of the iceberg, ”Galiatsatos explained.
CDC on 6/4 said it is preparing to use blood tests to check whether patients in this country have antibodies from corona virus or not.
According to the CDC, this test has been used to monitor the immune system’s response in some cases that interact with new cases of coronavirus infection. They will be used in the coming weeks “to identify more people with mild symptoms and to monitor the immune systems of those who have recovered”.
In addition, experts believe that the number of Covid-19 cases and the number of deaths may be inadequate, since many people in the world have not been tested.
According to Bharat Pankhania, an expert at the University of Exeter School of Medicine in the UK, in countries with inadequate testing systems, there will be a huge gap between the number of confirmed cases and the number of untested cases.
“The new corona virus is contagious, contagious and causes disease, so the global disruption will last. There is currently no reason to believe that this pandemic will end in a few months, ”said Pankhania.