A research team from the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI says it estimates the number of Hoosiers who have been infected with coronavirus at some point has reached 10.6% of the state’s population. That’s up from 7.8% in October.
“We are very, very far away from the approximately 70% needed to achieve herd immunity,” said Nir Menachemi, lead scientist on the study. “Without a vaccine, if infections continue to rise in Indiana, so will the death toll.”
He says the number of infections among younger Hoosiers is increasing, which quickly translates into more infections — and deaths — among older Hoosiers.
The study also shows more than 40% of individuals infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or show no signs of the disease.