The World Health Organisation says the end of the pandemic is in sight.

However, Australia has just passed 14,000 deaths, according to the Department of Health and Aged Care, with no sign of cases slowing down.

COVID-19 data from the Department of Health and Aged Care. Source: Supplied.

Not everyone who contracts COVID-19 experiences symptoms.

Professor Jaya Dantas specialises in global health at Curtin University and says it is not known why some people who test positive show symptoms, yet others do not.

“All types of variations do happen,” she says.

Listen to more from Jaya Dantas.

Professor Dantas says in Australia only 50 per cent of people have caught the virus and as a result there are still half of people who haven’t caught the virus.

She says many factors may be at play as to why some have caught the virus whilst others have avoided it.

“Nobody knows why some would be asymptomatic. That’s why there was the need for certain measures such as masking,” she says.

Listen to more from Jaya Dantas.

Curtin psychology student Liana Baldwin says she was more worried about catching the virus during travel after a recent trip to New Zealand.

“I just stayed at home basically and haven’t gone out a lot and when I did go out I would wear a mask,” she says.

Listen to Liana talking about the future of COVID for Australians
Curtin University students discussing people who haven’t caught COVID. Video: Paige Reid.

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