[Ed. – We do have to take a step back here and ask, what is this we’re really talking about? How did this many people in a county with no more than moderate exposure to the source of the rapidly lethal COVID-19 virus yield so many asymptomatic people with antibodies? Couple that with a UK study suggesting the virus originated in Guangdong Province, not Hubei/Wuhan, and has been observed now in three distinct versions. The UK study says the virus could first have entered the human population as early as September 2019. The story we think we know isn’t holding together? Is this something that’s been spreading for more than 6 months that almost everyone develops antibodies to?]
The first large-scale community test of 3,300 people in Santa Clara County found that 2.5 to 4.2% of those tested were positive for antibodies — a number suggesting a far higher past infection rate than the official count.
Based on the initial data, researchers estimate that the range of people who may have had the virus to be between 48,000 and 81,000 in the county of 2 million — as opposed to the approximately 1,000 in the county’s official tally at the time the samples were taken.
“Our findings suggest that there is somewhere between 50- and 80-fold more infections in our county than what’s known by the number of cases than are reported by our department of public health,” Dr. Eran Bendavid, the associate professor of medicine at Stanford University who led the study, said in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.