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Antibody screening finds COVID-19 nearly 7 times more prevalent in O.C. than thought

Medical Xpress, Oct. 28, 2020

October 28, 2020

Antibody screening finds COVID-19 nearly 7 times more prevalent in O.C. than thought

Testing a representative sample of Orange County residents for a wide range of coronavirus antibodies, University of California, Irvine researchers found that 11.5 percent of them have antibodies for COVID-19, in contrast to previous estimates of less than 2 percent. … “This rigorously designed surveillance study offers important information about how many residents of Orange County have already been exposed to COVID-19,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, director of UCI’s Program in Public Health and founding dean of the campus’s proposed School of Population Health.