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Study finds Metro Detroiters were often wrong about COVID-19 transmission rates

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Community transmission of COVID-19 was considered high in southeast Michigan early this past summer.

A survey found at least half of people surveyed didn’t know that, even though they’d just had COVID.

The U-S Centers for Disease Control surveyed thousands of adults in Metro Detroit and an Illinois county just outside Chicago.

Both places had high COVID transmission levels in June and July of this year. And every person who participated had recently tested positive.

But half of those people reported that they perceived transmission levels as low or moderate during that time.

The study found some major demographic differences. For example, people with more education were more likely to see transmission as high.

And it found that those people were more likely to take measures to prevent COVID transmission.