A NYT investigation based on data from three states concluded 90% of COVID-positive people don’t carry a large enough viral load to be considered contagious.
“In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus,” the Times reported on Saturday.
Essentially, while millions of Americans are living in a “lockdown” society full of social distancing, mask mandates and plastic barriers, the majority of those infected by the virus are incapable of spreading it in the first place.
If the data from the three states were applied nationwide, it would mean only 4,500 Americans are capable of spreading COVID-19 to others.
As of now, the most commonly used test in the U.S. is a PCR, which only confirms the virus’ genetic material and doesn’t report the amount.