How a third COVID-19 booster shot could slow down the omicron variant

New research suggests that a third COVID-19 shot – the COVID-19 booster shot – could slow the spread of the omicron variant.

  • The study was conducted by the University of Copenhagen, Statistics Denmark and the Statens Serum Institut.

The study, published on medRxiv and not peer-reviewed, looked at about 12,000 households in Denmark to see how quickly the omicron variant could spread.

  • V data showed that transmission of the omicron variant has been reduced for those who received the third COVID-19 shot, also known as the booster shot.

So far, Denmark has not had a worst-case scenario for the spread of COVID-19. In highly vaccinated Denmark, the number of COVID-19 cases has stabilized after a brief spike associated with the omicron variant, according to The Washington Post. A country’s success, which is rated as preventing a massive spike in infection, may be a sign of how heavily vaccinated countries can handle the omicron variant.

  • “It’s too early to relax, but it’s reassuring that we’re not following a worst-case scenario,” Tyra Grove Krause, chief epidemiologist at the Danish State Serum Institute, told The Washington Post.

So far, it looks like your COVID-19 vaccine status could affect how many symptoms you experience from the omicron variant, as I wrote for Deseret News. In accordance with Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency room physician in New York City, any patient from Omicron who received their third COVID-19 booster shot had mild symptoms.

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