• Matt Esnayra

USC/LA County antibodies study finds Coronavirus was "far more widespread"

Preliminary results of an anti-body study conducted by USC and LA County found that hundreds of thousands of L.A County residents may have been infected with the coronavirus months ago.

The Results:

  • According to the study, the research team estimates that approximately 4.1% of the county's adult population has developed antibodies to the virus, which means approximately 221,000 to 442,000 adults in the county who have already have been infected.

  • The estimates presented in the study are 28 to 55 times higher than the 7,994 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the county by the time of the study in early April.

  • The number confirmed COVID-related deaths in L.A county has surpassed 600.

What they're saying:

Neeraj Sood, lead investigator, and USC professor said, "We haven't known the true extent of COVID-19 infections in our community because we have only tested people with symptoms, and the availability of tests has been limited," and "The estimates also suggest that we might have to recalibrate disease prediction models and rethink public health strategies."

Coronavirus in Long Beach:

  • 464 confirmed cases

  • 48 people have been hospitalized

  • 266* people have recovered. 

  • 125 confirmed have been linked to seven long-term care facilities in Long Beach

  • There are a total of 24 fatalities

Coronavirus in L.A County:

  • 17 new deaths

  • 13,816 total cases

  • 1,491 new COVID-19 cases

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