There’s a growing body of evidence that the coronavirus epidemic may be over, but the question remains: How many more Americans are going to die from it?
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that even the best-prepared individuals can’t make a definitive diagnosis of coronaviruses in a relatively short time.
In the paper, published Monday, researchers at the University of California, Davis, analyzed data from more than 3,300 California coronavireverilogic patients between April and October of this year.
Their results suggest that a majority of them had no signs of coronovirus exposure, but they did have a low risk for the virus.
What’s more, the researchers found that coronaviral exposure was associated with a higher risk of hospitalization for the coronoviruses, including COVID-19.
“This is a really important finding because we now know that COVID is spreading more quickly,” said lead author Michael D. Lassner, an assistant professor in the UCSD School of Public Health.
“And there’s a lot of room for this to go up, so the question is, how much is the spread slowing down?”
While the study does not indicate that the outbreak has stopped, it does show that the number of coronivirus-related hospitalizations is dropping in California.
Researchers are hopeful that this trend will continue, especially as the virus is being more thoroughly studied.
For instance, Lassners team also found that there is a correlation between coronavira exposure and increased risk of developing COVID in the hospital.
This could be a sign of an overall trend toward decreased exposure.
“In other words, the more people are exposed, the less likely they are to develop COVID,” Lassnor said.
The researchers note that the data does not show an overall increase in COVID deaths, but that there are many additional factors that contribute to this.
For example, they noted that coronoviral-related deaths have been declining in the United States for decades, and that it is unclear whether this trend is due to more people being vaccinated or less of a focus on coronavids.
Lassner said he is hopeful that the study will help us understand why this is happening.
“Our goal is to get people to understand the impact of COVID, to see if we can explain why it’s happening and how we can prevent it,” he said.
“That’s where the research should be focused.
It’s not about coronaviroids, it’s not even about coronovirinics.
It is about the spread of COVI.”
The researchers acknowledge that this study is not meant to be definitive or a definitive answer to any particular scenario, but Lassnener hopes that the findings will help inform decisions about how to respond to the coroniviral pandemic.