The COVID States Project# 96: State of the COVID-19 Pandemic
KEY TAKEAWAYS 1. About half of American adults report having been infected with COVID-19 at some point, with 35% saying they have tested positive for COVID-19 before. 2. Individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 report being sick for fewer days than unvaccinated individuals. 3. Due to the underreported use of at-home rapid tests, the data on reported tests are missing a significant number of positive cases. 4. At least 5 in 6 American adults likely have some level of immunity to COVID-19, either through vaccination or previous infection. 5. A substantial majority of American adults have not received the bivalent booster shot, but a majority of those who have not say they plan to or are open to getting the shot. 6. Antiviral medications are not being heavily utilized, even among higher risk American adults. 7. One in nine American adults report having continued symptoms from COVID-19 more than two months post-infection. 8. Nearly half of American adults are still wearing masks, but only a quarter say they are very closely following the recommendation to wear a mask when outside of the home. 9. Only 28% of American adults have received their flu shot. 10. There is a strong correlation between getting the bivalent booster and getting a flu shot. However, just 1 in 10 American adults have received both shots.