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Alex Berenson: Rise in coronavirus cases 'means very little' if hundreds of thousands are unknowingly infected

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Jul 4, 2020, 3:40:03 AM7/4/20
Ex-New York Times reporter suggests more people are 'being hospitalized
with COVID rather than from COVID'

Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson told "The Story" Friday that
the ongoing rise in coronavirus hospitalizations in parts of the country
suggests that either doctors are treating the virus more effectively -- or
more people are being hospitalized "with" the virus rather than because of

"There's definitely been community growth in the transmission of the
virus," he told host Jon Scott. "There's been spread in the Sun Belt
states in the last month, nobody could dispute that. It's also true that
if we tested everybody on the same day, we have a massive number."

Berenson noted a study out of North Carolina which found that nearly 15
percent of residents there have coronavirus antibodies.

"We still haven't done that on the national scale so we truly don't know
how many people have already gotten this," he said. "What I'm saying to
you, what I'm saying to everyone, this rise from 20,000 positive tests to
50,000 positive tests, essentially means very little if we know there are
hundreds of thousands of people nationally infected with this."

Berenson emphasized one of the most important figures in any set of
coronavirus data is the hospitalization rate, not the positivity rate.

"At some point, we have to acknowledge that the virus -- either doctors
are treating it better, or there's a lot of people who are being
hospitalized with COVID rather than from COVID," he said. "Because
community spread is so wide, you're going into the hospital for some
elected procedure and they're testing for COVID and finding it.

"Or it's possible, and there's scientific speculation about this, I
wouldn't say it's confirmed by any means, the virus is actually becoming
less virulent."
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