Echoing a lot of the prevailing information and analysis on the topic, SF-based Color launched information at this time exhibiting that primarily based by itself testing program, most people who take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 show both gentle or no signs, together with even working a fever. The outcomes, taken from Color’s personal testing of over 30,000 folks so far throughout its California testing stations, reveals that regardless of persevering with efforts underway throughout the U.S. to reopen native and state economies, widespread testing remains to be key to any true restoration program.
Color notes that 1.three p.c of the individuals who it has examined so far have obtained optimistic outcomes for COVID-19, and says that amongst these, 78% reported solely gentle signs, or stated they have been asymptomatic, which means they displayed no observable signs by any means. What’s extra, solely 12% had a fever of over 100 levels, which is dangerous information for efforts to include potential transmission of circumstances by means of the reopening by means of measures like temperature checks at workplaces and shared use amenities.
Color’s information matches up with not too long ago launched data from the WHO that indicated as many as 80% of people who take a look at optimistic show both gentle or no signs. Color additionally shared extra particular data round what signs those that did report some stated that they had, with most saying that they had a cough – although probably the most extremely correlated reported symptom with an precise optimistic take a look at result’s lack of odor, making it a a lot better indicator of a optimistic take a look at end result than fever, as an example.
Other notable findings from Color’s testing so far, which incorporates testing San Francisco’s frontline important employees in partnership with the town, embody that the majority of those that take a look at optimistic are younger (68% are aged between 18 and 40) and that Latinx and Black communities confirmed a lot increased optimistic outcomes on a per capita foundation than both white or Asian populations. Color’s information in each these regards assist outcomes shared by different organizations and researchers, backing up issues round who shall be most negatively affected by any hasty and unconsidered reopening efforts.