This number is particularly important because all this information was gathered before COVID-19 vaccines were widely used in South Africa. According to the World Bank, South Africa’s population in 2020 was estimated to be approximately 59.31 million people. This means that a lot of people were still vulnerable to COVID-19 in 2021 something we all felt when omicron ripped through us. As by April 2022 our HUTS 2 study found that 97% of participants had COVID-19 antibodies.
Contrary to what the general person expected, this study found that rural areas, particularly farms, had a higher risk of infection. Overall, women living in rural formal areas were found to have the highest estimated antibodies at 28.9%.
All of this information, in addition to only half of antibodies being able to fight off COVID, show how important it is to get vaccinated and keep up your boosters.