As the toll of the coronavirus becomes harder to track as home testing proliferates, public health officials are sounding the alarm about a significant and mostly hidden spike in cases across the country, including in the greater Houston area.
The results of rapid antigen tests that the federal government mailed to millions of American homes in January, and which are readily available at local pharmacies, are generally not reflected in case statistics. So while the data shows a nationwide seven-day average of 90,000 cases per day – a number that has been rising steadily since early April – the true number is likely much higher.
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