Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Can you get Omicron twice? Possible, say epidemiologists

If the first omicron was not severe and the immune system is not sufficiently stimulated, it is possible to get the omicron twice, said epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding.

Omicron, the latest and fastest-spreading variant of SARS-CoV-2, can infect the same person twice and may not be very rare, experts said as the world grapples with a new wave of the two-year-old pandemic. has been , is currently being operated by Omicron. American epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding said that oomicron re-infection is certainly possible if the first omicron infection was of a ‘low dose’ that did not stimulate the immune system sufficiently. Another prerequisite for Omicron reinfection can be heavily compromised immunity.

“There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence about new Omicron re-infection after recent Omicron infection. It’s certainly possible if your first Omicron infection was a low-dose one that didn’t stimulate your immune system enough or if You are immune. Careful people,” tweeted the epidemiologist.

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The world is familiar with COVID re-infection because in subsequent waves of the pandemic it has been found that people who have been infected once are also at risk of re-infection. It is also not new that people who have been vaccinated against COVID are also contracting re-infection as the vaccines are not disease-preventive but provide protection against severity and mortality. Re-transition by Omicron is a relatively new idea as Omicron is the active form in the current wave. If people are re-infecting with Omicron, it means that they are getting the infection in a very short time. The natural immunity the body develops after an infection must last for at least seven to nine months. But Omicron reinfection indicates getting infected twice in a quick interval.

People who have previously been infected with chronic forms of covid can definitely have omicrons. People can also be infected with Omicron twice. “Omicron is highly contagious and does not appear to induce spectacular protective immunity,” said Stanley Weiss, MD, professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the department of epidemiology at Rutgers School of Public Health.

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