Testing shows most of those infected on carrier Theodore Roosevelt are symptom-free

Testing shows most of those infected on carrier Theodore Roosevelt are symptom-free
Top to bottom: USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) assemble for a photo op during a 3-strike group exercise in the Pacific. USN photo

[Ed. – This news comes as the Navy releases the identity of the one COVID-19 fatality to date from the TR crew:  Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41.  No one would deliberately set this up as an experiment, but obtaining results on a carrier crew, who shared an identical common environment for months before the virus outbreak and whose movements are easy to document, is likely to yield significant information about the coronavirus.  To AOC(AW) Thacker: R.I.P., shipmate.]

Sweeping testing of the entire crew of the coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt may have revealed a clue about the pandemic: The majority of the positive cases so far are among sailors who are asymptomatic, officials say.

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Roughly 60 percent of the over 600 sailors who tested positive so far have not shown symptoms of COVID-19, the potentially lethal respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, the Navy says. The service did not speculate about how many might later develop symptoms or remain asymptomatic. …

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The figure is higher than the 25% to 50% range offered on April 5 by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force.

Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr. USN. R.I.P., Warrior

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