Early evidence suggests Omicron infection could give people 'superimmunity' against future coronavirus variants, but experts warn COVID-19 is still unpredictable

22/1/2022 10:14:00 PM

A combination of vaccination and natural infection seems to offer enhanced immunity across variants.

Early evidence suggests Omicron infection could give people 'superimmunity' against future coronavirus variants

A combination of vaccination and natural infection seems to offer enhanced immunity across variants.

While data on Omicron is still trickling in,early researchout of Austria (not yet peer-reviewed) suggests the same may be true for vaccinated people who got COVID in recent weeks.But a new type of immunity does not mean the end of COVID-19. It represents yet another fracture in this patchwork pandemic, with some people more protected than others. Another variant could emerge at any point. For public health experts, the worry remains that a COVID-19 infection is unpredictable.

"You'd be crazy to try to get infected with this," Dr. Robert Murphy, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,"It's like playing with dynamite."Vaccination provides a foundation for 'superimmunity' if you're infected later on

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