An estimated 73% of the American population has some sort of immunity to the omicron variant — a number that could rise to 80% by the middle of March, The Associated Press reports.

The news: Immunity to the coronavirus has been rising throughout the winter.

  • Right now, about half of all eligible Americans received their COVID-19 booster shot.
  • There have been about 80 million confirmed COVID-19 cases — with many more infections never being reported, according to the AP.
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What they’re saying: “We have changed,” Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, told the AP. “We have been exposed to this virus and we know how to deal with it.”

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Why it matters: Public health officials are considering what to do next with COVID-19 restrictions as COVID-19 cases have gone down and immunity has risen.

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