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Antibody screening In Orange County finds COVID-19 more widespread than previously thought

KCBS-TV, Oct. 28, 2020

October 28, 2020

Antibody screening In Orange County finds COVID-19 more widespread than previously thought

A UC Irvine study found 11.5% of county residents have antibodies for COVID-19, contrasted with previous estimates of less than 2%. According to researchers, Latino and low-income residents had the highest prevalence of SARS-CoV-02 antibodies with rates of 17 percent and 15 percent, respectively. … “There was this lurking suspicion that there’s a large fraction of people who have had it that did not know,” said Tim Bruckner, associate professor of public health. “Either they had symptoms and did not seek care, or they did not have symptoms and had no reason to go.”