US CDC estimates 1 in 3 Americans infected with Covid

About 35 per cent 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 hospitalised with Covid-19, the Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

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 per cent of the total US population, or a little more than one in three people.

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