A joint study between the U.S. Navy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 60% of 400 sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, ABC News reports.
The official results from the study are scheduled to be released Tuesday.
Two U.S. officials familiar with the joint study told ABC news that a decent amount of people who tested positive for the antibodies were asymptomatic or only had mild symptoms of the coronavirus.
Nearly 1,200 sailors aboard the carrier tested positive for COVID-19. Less than 10 required hospitalization. There was one virus-related death.
In April, the Navy announced it would test 1,000 volunteers on the ship for antibodies. Only 400 sailors ended up being tested, officials said.
The results are expected to provide insight into how the virus spreads among a young adult population.
The carrier left Guam last week, where it was sidelined after almost a quarter of the crew was infected with the virus. It will continue its deployment in the western Pacific Ocean.
Sailors will all wear masks and carry out social distancing for the rest of their deployment. Before a ship can head out to sea, the crew must be tested and quarantined for 14 days before boarding the vessel.
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