US likely undercounting new COVID-19 cases fueled by delta variant, Gottlieb says
Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday that the U.S. is likely undercounting the number of COVID-19 cases because some infected younger and healthier people are experiencing mild symptoms and may not think to get tested.
“I think at this point we’re probably undercounting how many infections there are in the states right now because to the extent that a lot of the infections are occurring in younger and healthier people who might be getting mild illness, they’re … probably not presenting to get tested,” Gottlieb told host John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“And to extent that there are some breakthrough cases, either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases in those who’ve been vaccinated, they’re not presenting to get tested because if you’ve been vaccinated don’t think that you have the coronavirus even if you develop a mild illness, and we’re not doing a lot of routine screening right now unless you work for the New York Yankees, you’re not getting tested on a regular basis,” he added.
The U.S. is likely undercounting the number of new COVID cases fueled by the Delta variant: “To the extent that a lot of the infections are occurring in younger people, they’re probably not presenting to get tested,” @ScottGottliebMD says. pic.twitter.com/CWaAPfKnfc
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 18, 2021
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