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Sat May 16, 2020, 07:17 PM

Spain study: Only 5% immunity 27,000 deaths

The results of a Spanish study on Covid-19 immunity have a scary takeaway

One of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world isnít anything close to a worst-case scenario.

By Matthew Yglesias@mattyglesiasmatt@vox.com May 16, 2020, 10:00am EDT

Preliminary results from a well-designed survey of antibody presence among Spaniards suggest that even as the Spanish outbreak exploded and then was brought under control, only 5 percent of the countryís population has been infected with the coronavirus so far. This means that the vast majority of the Spanish population remains susceptible to infection if the lifting of restrictions there leads to a new spike in cases.

The message to the rest of the world is that as awful as the pandemic has been in Spain ó where more than 27,000 people have died, a far higher per-capita death rate than in the US or even Italy ó itís not even close to an upper limit on how bad things can get.

Serology surveys, explained
When people talk about coronavirus testing, they usually mean a test to detect the presence of the virus in your body and to determine whether you need to isolate.



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