SANDRA SMITH (CO-ANCHOR): That was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his briefing yesterday revealing preliminary results from that highly anticipated coronavirus antibody study. Three thousand people were randomly tested, around 2.7 million residents could have carried the virus. Dr. Marc Siegel is a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health and a Fox News contributor. Doctor, good morning to you. As always, so many questions, but this antibody study was so important because you have been saying all along, as other medical experts have, that we need to know who's been walking around with this and who is able to effectively fight it off.
DR. MARC SIEGEL (FOX NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR): You know Sandra, when I saw the results out of the studies in California that show 4% of the population in counties that have much less COVID-19 than we do, I thought, I wonder what’s the New York study going to show. Even more shocking is what we found in New York City here. In the study the governor is talking about, 21% of the people surveyed in New York City have antibodies. Twenty-one percent, which would project out to about 1.7 million people. Here's the message here. This virus, for most people, predominant amount of people, is asymptomatic or has mild symptoms that are confused with something else. This means that the hospitalization rate and the death rate, especially, is way much lower than what we thought it was. Much lower. A wildly contagious virus that often presents without symptoms. That’s the message here.
I believe that this initial survey result is probably accurate and tells us that we’re building up, we’re starting to build up some immunity in the population in the epicenter of New York.