We know this virus can be lethal. Our local hospital needed to devote three floors to COVID-19 ICU (this hasn’t occurred in 100 years for influenza)….We know that the receptors (ACE2, TMPRSS2) and the furin cleavage site are why its everywhere in some folks, and why the breadth of signs and symptoms is so broad….(although it would be interesting to compare to influenza).
No doubt COVID-19 is truly a bad actor. But. Could we be WAY off on the numbers? On the true incidence?
Only time (and reliable testing) will tell, but this particular study is highly compelling 3 methodologies to study nationwide infection rate: “Across our three approaches, there is a consistent conclusion that estimated state-level COVID-19 case counts usually vary from 10 to 100 times greater than the official positive test counts.”