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Florida governor says positive COVID-19 tests likely "a small fraction" of state's virus count

DeSantis said Florida will use antibody tests to see if more people have had the illness

Updated: April 12, 2020 - 12:07pm

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says that many more people may have caught the coronavirus than those who have tested positive for the illness.

The Republican governor said on "Life, Liberty & Levin" that the Sunshine State will use serological tests to determine if people have antibodies for the virus, noting that some people could have contracted it but only suffered light symptoms.

"And I know that Stanford University is doing a very important study," DeSantis said. "You see different studies that have been done overseas. And I think that the consensus seems to be emerging you know that whoever tests positive for it is probably just a small fraction of those who have actually had it."

He noted that determining the extent to which the virus has spread will influence future policy decisions.

"Having the antibody test I think will be able to help us determine how widespread has this been and of course that then will then inform what we do going forward because the more widespread it is, then I think the less efficacy some of the lockdown policies will ultimately have," DeSantis said.

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