Monday 20 March 2023

If you still haven’t had COVID, are you immune or just lucky?

Three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, most people have contracted the coronavirus at least once. Case numbers spiked especially high when 

the ultra-infectious omicron variant surged in late 2021 and early 2022, and it continues to spawn more and more transmissible strains.And yet, some still have managed to dodge the virus, or at least haven’t tested positive yet. 

The estimated percentage of people who have contracted the coronavirus ranges from 70% to 90% of the U.S. population, but it’s unclear how many have truly not been infected, as asymptomatic infections and at-home testing have muddied the waters

Experts say the Bay Area is likely to have a higher rate of COVID super-dodgers than other major metropolitan areas, since a higher proportion of its residents are vaccinated and boosted, and much of its population practiced mitigation factors such as masking or social distancing during the pandemic.


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