If You've Never Had COVID, Should You Relax or Worry?
If you're among those people in the United States who never had COVID-19, how should you think about your risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of people in the US are in the never-got-COVID category. The CDC estimated that by the end of January, 43.4% in the US had developed antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 triggered by infection, not by vaccination — suggesting nearly 60% of people have never been infected.
@chapal William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, told Medscape Medical News science has not been able to determine why some people have been able to be stay COVID-free when the virus was raging and exposure was ubiquitous. He said it's important to remember that though some people think they have never had COVID, they may have been asymptomatic or attributed mild symptoms to something else.