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CDC : Three out of Every five people in the U.S. Have Antibodies from a Previous Covid-19 Infection

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday that three out of every five people in the U.S. now have antibodies from a previous Covid-19 infection with the proportion even higher among children. The proportion of people with natural Covid antibodies increased substantially from about 34% of the population in December to about 58% in February during the unprecedented wave of infection driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The CDC’s analysis didn’t factor in people who had antibodies from vaccination.

The CDC published the data in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Tuesday showed, the increase in antibody prevalence was most pronounced among children, indicating a high rate of infection among kids during the winter omicron wave. About 75% of children and teenagers now have antibodies from past Covid infections, up from about 45% in December.

The high rate of infection among children is likely due to lower vaccination rates than adults. Only 28% of children 5- to 11-years-old and 59% of teens 12- to 17-years-old were fully vaccinated as of April. Children under 5-years-old are not yet eligible for vaccination.

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