The United States has officially recorded more than 100 million COVID-19 cases.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated late Thursday, the U.S. hit the milestone as of Dec. 21.
This makes America the first nation to report total cases in the nine-figure range, data from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center shows.
Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist and chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital and an ABC News contributor, said that while the 100 million mark is momentous, it’s also a severe undercount.
“Obviously it’s a milestone that signifies the sheer amount of transmission that has occurred around this virus and the population burden that we have faced,” he said. “At the same time, we recognize that reported cases are absolutely a massive undercount — at the beginning of the pandemic where testing was nonexistent to the shift to home testing where a significant proportion of cases has gone unreported.”
There are likely several reasons for underreported cases including people testing at home and not relaying their results to public health officials, not knowing where to get tested or people choosing not to test at all.
Weekly COVID-19 Cases in the United States
ABC News, CDC
“I think we know that a large majority of the population has already been infected with COVID,” Brownstein said. “And so, this number only represents a fraction of all the cases. [The milestone] was veryThe United States has officially recorded more than 100 million COVID-19 cases. This makes America the first nation to report total cases in the nine-figure range, data from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center shows. Weekly COVID-19 Cases in the United States