US CDC estimates 1 in 3 Americans infected with COVID-19

Saturday, 2021-05-01 08:05:29
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Staff members work at a drive-through vaccination site at the City College of San Francisco, the United States, April 29, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)
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About 35 percent of all Americans have been infected with COVID-19 over the past year, according to a new study of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC estimates that from February 2020 to March 2021, 114.6 million Americans were infected with COVID-19, 97.1 million had symptomatic illnesses and 5.6 million were hospitalized with COVID-19.

The current US population is about 330 million, according to the US Census Bureau website. The number of people who were infected with COVID-19, estimated by the CDC, is about 35 percent of the total US population, or a little more than 1 in 3 people.

Of those infected, nearly 50 percent are between the ages of 18 and 49, and 23 percent are 17 or younger. As for hospitalizations, about 47 percent are estimated to be 65 and older, according to the CDC.