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 been on a roller-coaster ride throughout the pandemic, spiked particularly high as the ultra-contagious omicron strain surged in late 2021 and early 2022, and it continues to create more and more transmissible strains.

And yet there remain some who have managed to avoid the virus, or at least haven’t tested positive yet (myself included).

Estimates of the percentage of people who have contracted the coronavirus range from 70% to 90% of the US population, but it’s unclear how many have truly not been infected, as asymptomatic infections and home testing have muddied the waters.

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

So what happens to this shrinking subset of COVID holdouts? How have they avoided the coronavirus for so long, and is it inevitable that they will eventually become infected?

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