By Dana Sanchez
As of July 29, 2021, 49.4 percent of the total U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s July 30 interpretive summary.
The U.S. has reported 628,772 covid deaths and 35,641,257 covid cases. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that more than 10 percent (10.7 percent) of the U.S. population of 333 million+ has had a positive covid test result.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several state health departments have been reporting covid-19 diagnostic tests and antibody tests as one grand tally, rather than keeping their results separate, The Atlantic reported.
Reporting these numbers in a lump sum, rather than two distinct data points, presents several major issues, according to LiveScience.
“Reporting all the positive results together, as one number, could skew our understanding of how many new covid-19 cases emerge over time — a crucial metric to help control outbreaks,” Nicoletta Lanese wrote for LiveScience.
Antibody tests can’t diagnose an active covid-19 infection, rather they show evidence of past infections or they can also show immunity.
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