U. of Pittsburgh Medical Center: COVID-19 has become "less prevalent," isn’t making people as sick

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 6th, 2020 12:03 pm

A doctor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Thursday reported that fewer Americans are testing positive for coronavirus and those who do contract the virus don't appear to be getting sick.

"All signs that we have available right now show that this virus is less prevalent than it was weeks ago," said Dr. Donald Yealy, the chair of emergency medicine at UPMC. "The total amount of the virus looks like it has come down. Even those testing positive have less of it."

Of the 30,000 coronavirus tests the university has conducted, less than 4% have been positive. A separate test of 8,000 patients with no symptoms showed that only 0.25% tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Yealy concluded that the risk of catching coronavirus from someone who is asymptomatic is very minimal.

"Your risk of getting into a car accident if you go back and forth across the turnpike in Pennsylvania is greater than your risk of being positive for asymptomatic COVID-19 infection," he said. "This should give you some reassurance that the risk of catching COVID-10.. from someone who doesn't even know they have the infection, in our communities, is very small."


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