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, which have roller-coastered throughout the pandemic, 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 remain who have managed to dodge the virus, or at least haven’t tested positive yet (myself included). 

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.

So what is going on with this shrinking subset of COVID holdouts? How have they avoided the coronavirus for so long, and is it inevitable that they will eventually get infected?

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