I know the Corona virus kills many people. The numbers of those who have died stagger the imagination. But I never see numbers that show the percentages as compared to the general population. I'd like to know how many people with positive tests have no symptoms. I have googled questions like this, but many of the stats come from the early part of the pandemic. I want to know what percentage of the population of our country has died from Covid; I wish they'd stop with the numbers and tell me the percentage.
I think we are all confused by the nature of this disease. For instance, none of the people I know who tested positive... not a single one!... have had symptoms. One has man tested positive, then ten days later still tested positive... never a symptom, and they told him to go back to work testing positive. The woman who sleeps in his bed every night has tested negative, although she has a rather high-risk job. Our oldest grandson ran around with a good friend for an entire weekend, celebrating his birthday. The friend tested positive, the grandson never did, although he said he was pretty sure they even drank from the same bottle at one point.
There's a couple around my age in Kentucky I know personally who tested positive but had no symptoms, while their daughter, who had it before they did, got very sick and was in the hospital for an extended time, and is still recuperating at home.
I did a quick Google search a while ago and saw an article saying that over 40% of positive cases were asymptomatic, but that was pretty early in the pandemic when not a lot of testing had been done.
I realize the doctors are still trying to figure this thing out; it doesn't seem to behave like other virus's we know about. I appreciate their efforts. All I want to know is what percentage of the general population of the USA have died from Covid-19, what percentage of them have tested positive, etc. Numbers don't tell me anything. I suppose if I were good at math I could google the numbers of populations and divide it by the numbers of cases or deaths, but math was my worst subject in school, and those would be some BIG numbers. I could even ask Alexa to figure the percentage, but I'm not sure I know how to say numbers that big.
I guess that's my rant for the day.