NY death toll may be much higher - Report | Daily News


NY death toll may be much higher - Report

Two new reports released by the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention paint a harrowing picture of the grip and spread of coronavirus in parts of the US.

Released Monday, the reports are part of a series published by the agency as experts have raced to understand the virus, its effects and the country’s response to the crisis. So far, more than 1,347,900 Americans have been infected while at least 80,684 have died.

Monday’s reports home in on New York City’s death toll and California airports’ screening for the virus.

In New York City, the virus may have directly or indirectly killed far more people than the city’s official death toll shows, according to one of the two reports. Researchers found that while the city reported 24,172 more deaths since mid-March compared to what would normally be expected, only about 19,000 of them were directly linked to the virus.

And while it’s hard to track why the other 5,000 deaths occurred, the report says one reason may be that “social distancing practices, the demand on hospitals and health care providers, and public fear related to COVID-19 might lead to delays in seeking or obtaining lifesaving care.”

Those findings add to a growing body of evidence highlighting how the pandemic may be killing Americans without ever infecting them. For example, experts have also said that a decline in reported heart attacks and strokes across the country is likely the result of people avoiding emergency rooms.

In the second report, researchers say airport screening of travelers from China and Iran failed to prevent the spread of the virus, at least in California.



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