CDC estimates only 1/8th of coronavirus infections caught

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The U.S. is still missing nearly eight coronavirus infections for every one counted, according to a new government report.

By the end of September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculated that as many as 53 million Americans had been infected. That is just under eight times the confirmed cases reported at the time.

Previously, the CDC estimated that one of every 10 infections were being missed.

The latest CDC calculation is meant to give a more accurate picture of how many people actually have caught the virus since the pandemic began. Of the 53 million estimated infections, the CDC says about 45 million were sick at some point and about 2.4 million were hospitalized.

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