Students upset Gitmo prisoners could get COVID vaccine before Americans
Study: most American prisoners could have been infected with coronavirus
At the same time, symptoms of the disease appear only in 4% of infected people.
As the leadership of American prisons begins mass testing of prisoners for the coronavirus, it turns out that the vast majority of infected prisoners do not have any symptoms of the disease. In four prisons in Arkansas, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, mass testing identified 3,277 infected prisoners, with 96% showing no symptoms of COVID-19. This is stated in the results of research at the disposal of Reuters.
These numbers are further evidence that people in whom the new coronavirus does not cause symptoms of the disease can contribute to its spread not only in prisons, but throughout the world. It also suggests that testing exclusively for people with symptoms may not reflect the real picture of infection and spread of the virus..
Annette Chambers-Smith, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told Reuters that the first mass testing of inmates took place at the Marion Correctional Facility, which holds 2,500 inmates. Of the 2,300 people tested, the overwhelming majority of the coronavirus was detected in 2,028, and 95% of them had no symptoms of the disease..
According to Dr. Leana Wen, Adjunct Professor of Disaster Medicine at George Washington University, this indicates that the US has not accounted for “a serious number of [coronavirus] cases … The [infection] cases are probably much higher than we currently know. time due to lack of testing and follow-up, ”says Dr. Wen.
According to the researchers, later symptoms of the disease may appear in some of the so-called asymptomatic patients, whose test results were positive..
Mass checks were also carried out in Tennessee and Michigan. In both states, authorities said most of the confirmed cases of coronavirus infection did not show symptoms in prisoners.
Reuters reporters interviewed the leadership of all prison systems in each of the US states. Of the 30 respondents to the agency’s inquiry, the majority reported that only inmates showing symptoms are currently being tested, suggesting that the number of people infected with coronavirus in prisons is significantly underestimated..
According to experts, this circumstance complicates the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, since the disease does not manifest itself in any way in most people who have contracted it..